The family of Terence Crutcher went on CNN on Wednesday and gave an emotional interview about their son’s fatal shooting at the hands of Tulsa police.
Leanna Crutcher, Terence’s mother, told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota how hard it was to explain to her youngest grandson where his father had gone.
“The day before yesterday, [he said], ‘Where’s my dad?'” she explained. “We told him, because we are people of faith, that dad went to Heaven. And that kind of satisfied him for a little because he knows that dad is in a good place.”
The Rev. Joey Crutcher, Terence’s father, told CNN that he was emotionally devastated when he saw the police video of his son’s fatal encounter with the police.
“The video was released on Sunday, and the first time I was able to watch it was on Monday, and I lost it,” he said. “It is the most devastating thing that has ever happened to me in my life.”
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Terence’s sister, told CNN how upset she was to hear police refer to her brother as a “big, bad dude” as the incident was occurring.
“I hear someone who is paid to protect and serve us prejudging my brother,” she said. “He didn’t know my brother at all. And I have so many friends who are officers of the law and they stand with us and they say that’s not a representation of who our public servants are supposed to be.And it just validates what we’ve been angry about.”
Watch the whole interview below.
Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines
Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.
"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.
More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.
At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.
Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy
"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."
Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why
According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.
As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."