Dash cam video shows unarmed black man with hands in air before Tulsa police shoot him dead
Dash cam video released by the Tulsa Police Department on Monday showed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher with his hands above his head moments before he was shot and killed by one of the officers at the scene.
At a press conference on Monday, Chief Chuck Jordan explained that the video was “very disturbing — very difficult to watch.”
The video shows multiple police cruisers approach Crutcher’s vehicle, which appears to be broken down in the middle of the road. Crutcher is seen with his hands in the air. Both hands appear to be empty.
Pastor Rodney Goss of Morning Star Baptist Church, who was able to view the dash cam video as well as video from other department vehicles, said that all views showed Crutcher’s hands in the air.
Goss also denied claims made by a police spokesperson that suggested Crutcher was shot because he refused to obey commands.
“It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer,” Goss told Tulsa World.
The officer who pulled the trigger was later identified as Betty Shelby. She was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Chief Jordan said on Monday that there was no indication that Crutcher was armed.
Watch the dash cam video below.