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Terence Crutcher, 40
Tulsa, Oklahoma
September 17, 2016

Agencies: United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division | United States Attorney’s Office | Tulsa Police Department Oklahoma

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40 year-old Terence Crutcher whom family say was unarmed, was fatally shot by police who were investigating the his stalled car in the middle of the street. 

The Tulsa Police Department plans to release unedited video of a man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa officer, and they've contacted the Department of Justice to assist in the ongoing investigation.

Terence Crutcher, 40, died after he was shot Friday night by a Tulsa officer near 36th Street North and Lewis Avenue, where his SUV was stalled in the street. His family, and an attorney representing the family, said during a press conference Saturday they wanted police to release the video immediately and sought a transparent investigation. 

 An attorney for the family of a man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa Police officer Friday night called for the Tulsa Police Department to "immediately" release any video footage it has of the incident.

Tiffany Crutcher said there is "a lot of speculation" about what happened but maintained that "one fact I do know is that my brother was unarmed." Police have declined to say whether they found a weapon anywhere near Terence Crutcher and have set a news conference for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Officer Jeanne Mackenzie said in a news release that Terrence Crutcher, 40, was pronounced dead at St. John Medical Center late Friday. 

The news release did not identify the officer who shot him.

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September 2016

The Tulsa Police Department released the names of police officers involved in a deadly shooting on Friday, September 16, 2016. Officer Betty Shelby is the officer who fired her weapon, killing Terence Crutcher.

Officer Tyler Turnbough deployed his Taser during the incident.

September 2016 Helicopter and ground level video released

September 2016 Tulsa Police Chief - there was no gun!

Within a week of the shooting, Tulsa District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed a “heat-of-passion” manslaughter charge against officer Betty Shelby, after cameras filmed her shooting Crutcher as he stood beside his stalled SUV.

Shelby “reacted unreasonably” and became “emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted,” the prosecutor’s office said in an affidavit.

She was formally arrested and booked into the Tulsa Jail at 1 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2016 according to county records. She posted a $50,000 bond and was released from jail 20 minutes after she was booked.

September 2016 Press conference spin superimposed on reality

September 2016 Betty Shelby is pleading not guilty in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, for which she has been charged with first-degree manslaughter

April 2017 Judge admonishes 60 minutes appearance by Betty Shelby

May 2017 Tulsa prepares for manslaughter trial

May 2017 Killer cop found not guilty of manslaughter

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September 2016 Family fund

September 2016 Demonstrators gather at the Tulsa County Courthouse

September 2016 Middletown Police Chief sick and tired of officer involved killings.

September 2016 School children react to death of father of classmates

May 2017 Disability aspects of Terence Crutcher

May 2017 Community meets to say #BlackLivesMatter

May 2017

The family of Terence Crutcher vowed to file a civil lawsuit “very soon,” both for compensation and to try to ensure police reforms.

At a Thursday morning press conference, Crutcher’s family members and their attorneys, Damario Solomon-Simmons and Benjamin Crump, and area pastors not only questioned Tulsa police investigators’ handling of the shooting by Officer Betty Shelby but also the department’s police practices in general.

Several speakers said calls by city and law enforcement leaders to “move forward” the day after Shelby was acquitted fail to address the deep sense of injustice many in their community are feeling about the outcome.

 

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