I’m so sick of writing blog posts about another unarmed African-American shot dead by a jumpy white police officer, who says they swore they saw a gun. But here we go again. What’s worse is to hear that another jumpy white cop is getting off! That’s the case with Terence Crutcher.
On September 16, 2016, Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old father of four, was fatally shot by white police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was unarmed during the encounter, in which he was standing near his vehicle in the middle of a street. Cruthcer told witnesses in the area that he thought that car was getting ready to explode. Cops were called to the scene where they tried to subdue Crutcher but clearly he can be seen p
Shelby claimed she saw a gun and that’s when she shot Crutcher in the street. But that’s not the most disturbing part of this story. It’s what the other officers said and did that is the crux of this case. I want you to listen to how the officers who were in the helicopter described Crutcher as a bad dude. By the way, the officer in the helicopter who called Crutcher “a really bad dude, is the husband of Officer Betty Shelly.
I’m going to piss of some white people but I don’t really give a fuck. These obviously white cops in the helicopter saw a black man. They hadn’t witnessed a crime committed by Crutcher, but to them he was already a “really bad dude.” He couldn’t be a man with a mental illness. He couldn’t be a man with confusion. He couldn’t be anything but a really bad dude, because he was black. We’ve seen this over and over again, this crazy assumption that white people make up in their minds about people of color, that they are violent criminals! The most abhorrent behavior is from the cops at the scene who allowed Crutcher to bleed out in the street. It took 45 minutes before medical attention was given to him. That was done on purpose. No witness, no crime. Although Shelly said she saw a gun and that Crutcher had threatened her, video shows a different story (see Shelly’s police interrogation below.)
In the end Crutcher is dead and this week Officer Betty Shelly was acquitted and received $35,000 in back pay. If that isn’t enough to be mad about then I don’t know what is. In the end Crutcher is just another dead black man who got no justice!