From what we know, Pastor Terence Crutcher was the proverbial “good black man.” Nonetheless, he was shot dead by a policewoman, apparently after his car stalled in the middle of the road.
One of several versions of the police video of the shooting of Terence Crutcher is embedded at the bottom of this post.
Take a look and see if you agree with me that this case has the potential to explode into a nationalization of police forces around the USA. This could be the big one that Hillary and Obama latch onto in order to promote a different kind of policing than the world has ever seen before.
There is also a distinct possibility of a heightening of racial tensions in America. I expect that black football players at all levels will be using this shooting to engage in more protests. Obama’s Department of Justice has already rushed to the scene. What other protests emerge are unclear, but this case has a huge amount of potential to bring fundamental change to law enforcement.
More after the story.
The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether a civil rights violation occurred during the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man on Friday night.
During a Monday afternoon news conference about the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said officers found no gun on Crutcher or in his SUV, which was stopped in the middle of 36th Street North just west of Lewis Avenue.
Officer Betty Shelby fired a single shot at close range that video footage released Monday indicates hit Crutcher in the upper right chest. Another officer, Tyler Turnbough, deployed his Taser at almost the same time Shelby — who did not have a Taser — used her service weapon.
“I want to assure our community, and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation who are going to be looking at this, we will achieve justice, period,” Jordan said.
Chief of Police Jordan is white.
As reported by Heavy.com Officer Shelby’s husband, also a cop, was in the police helicopter circling overhead when the shooting went down.