A black man having car trouble on Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma was shot and killed by police officers even though he was unarmed and walking towards his own car — with his arms raised high in the air — when the shots rang out.
Forty-year-old Terence Crutcher was pronounced dead at a Tulsa hospital hours after police had come up on him next to his stalled SUV in the middle of a Tulsa road.
At some point, after police felt he wasn't complying with their requests, an officer used a Taser on Crutcher — and very quickly after, for reasons unclear at this time, another officer shot him.
The entire thing was caught on video from multiple angles, including a Tulsa police helicopter high up over the scene, and it is extremely, extremely disturbing.
On Monday, that footage was officially released to the public, sending shock waves across social media and throughout the country.
At a news conference on Monday night, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan identified Officer Tyler Turnbough as the man who tasered Crutcher, and Officer Betty Shelby as the woman who shot him after telling a dispatcher that he wasn't cooperating.
Jordan told the media that Crutcher was confirmed to have been completely unarmed, and the Chief said:
"I will make this promise to you, we will achieve justice."
He has already asked the US Department of Justice to review the case.
Shelby came upon Crutcher while heading out to another call, and called in to dispatchers that he wasn't cooperating with her demands.
By the time the helicopter got to the scene, though, Crutcher was complying, despite Shelby's insistence that he wasn't showing his hands.
If you can stomach it, watch the disturbing, tragic, NSFW video (below) if only to see how unjust this killing appears to be:
So sad — and honestly, considering he had his hands in the air AND had even already been Tasered by another cop, so ridiculous that he's now dead from a senseless gunshot.
That the police left him on the ground without attending to his wound for more than a minute is equally as tragic, senseless, and horrible on the part of officers.
Crutcher's twin sister Tiffany, after seeing the video herself, had a lot to say on Monday — largely about the remark one of the helicopter pilots made about Crutcher being a "big, bad dude":
"The big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father. That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College, just wanting to make us proud. That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all of his flaws, every week. That big bad dude, that's who he was."
Officer Shelby was immediately placed on paid administrative leave as this investigation will undoubtedly run its course.
Let's just hope this time, for once, justice is served.
Not surprisingly, celebs and others were quick to react to the tragedy, tweeting their thoughts about another unarmed black man killed by cops and trying to make sense of why a situation could escalate so quickly like this (below):
RIP #TerenceCrutcher How tf the officer in the heli gon say "he looks like a bad dude" How TF CAN YOU TELL HE LOOKS BAD? CAUSE HE'S BLACK??!
— Karrueche Tran (@karrueche) September 20, 2016