What You Should Know About the Two Black Men Killed By Police This Week
This week has been heavy for a lot of reasons, and it’s only Wednesday. On Monday evening, dashboard camera and helicopter footage was released showing the shooting death of 40-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma man, Terence Crutcher, by police officers. He was not armed.
The footage is graphic and it shows Crutcher with his hands up still being shot by police. A police officer can be heard referring to Crutcher as “a big bad dude.” Crutcher, a father of four, was on his way home from attending Tulsa Community College where he was in the fast-track Music Appreciation program, and pulled over to the side of the road because his car stalled.
Police officers who were on their way to another call, stopped when they saw Crutcher, and that’s when the incident took place.
Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany, spoke with the press, and described her brother as “laidback,” “reserved” and “more friends than anybody [she] knew.”
“He truly loved God,” said Tiffany. “All we talked about was ‘God is not through with me yet,’ and ‘God’s gonna get the glory.’”
Crutcher also sang in his church choir. In a press conference, Tiffany said, “You all want to know who that big bad dude was? That big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father. That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College just wanting to make us proud. That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all his flaws every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”
On Tuesday night, news broke out of Charlotte that another Black man was killed by police, Keith Lamont Scott. Police say Scott had a gun and was told to drop his weapon numerous times by officers. North Carolina is an open carry state. The situation surrounding Scott’s shooting death is he was shot by a police officer who was trying to serve a warrant for a different man at an apartment complex.
Scott was in his car waiting for his son to be dropped off at school, and family members insist he had a book and not a gun. A gun was found at the scene and it backs up police and witness accounts of Scott exiting his car holding a gun.
In a press conference, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said the police directed “loud, clear, verbal commands” for Scott not to exit his vehicle with his gun. When he didnt’ follow their orders, he was fatally shot.
Protests in the city broke out soon after the news broke. 12 officers were injured, tear gas was deployed and seven people went to the hospital with minor injuries.