Rallies to support Crutcher, police officers set to be held in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. – A pair of rallies are scheduled to take place in Tulsa following the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma man and the arrest of an officer.
The “Call to Justice” march will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday to protest the killing of Terence Crutcher.
At the same time, another rally will take place at the Tulsa County Courthouse for “Law Enforcement and Supporters for Media Accountability.”
Earlier this month, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby after his car was stopped in the middle of a roadway.
Officers at the scene say Crutcher was acting erratically and was not following commands.
According to the affidavit, Shelby asked Crutcher if the vehicle was his and if it was disabled.
“He was mumbling to himself and would not answer any of Officer Shelby’s questions. Mr. Crutcher kept putting his hands in his pockets and Officer Shelby kept telling him to show his hands. At that point, Mr. Crutcher began walking towards the abandoned vehicle with his hands held up and was not responding to any of Officer Shelby’s commands to stop,” the affidavit claims.
In the dash cam video, you see Crutcher walking away from an officer and toward his vehicle with his hands up.
Shortly after that, Crutcher was shot. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Last week, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler charged Shelby with one count of first-degree manslaughter.