TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa police officer’s Facebook post has been shared over a thousand times after the deadly shooting of a man last week.
On Friday, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by a police officer after his car stalled in the middle of the road.
Now, an investigation has been launched by several agencies into the use of force in the case and whether or not it was justified.
In the days after the shooting, community and family leaders are calling for justice and peaceful protests.
Popsey Floyd, a Tulsa police officer, posted to Facebook about finding calm and a solution in the wake of the shooting.
“I work for you. I will protect you. I do not take the Authority that comes with my badge for granted. I know you may be upset about the recent events all over the country and now here in Tulsa. I don’t have the answers that you are looking for, but I will continue to be the solution. One thing that I want you to know is this. The Tulsa police department is hiring. If you believe that change is required, please join the department and be the change that you are seeking,” he wrote.
His message is similar to that of Dallas Police Chief David Brown following protests.
“Become a part of the solution. Serve your communities. Don’t be a part of the problem. We’re hiring. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about,” Brown told CNN in July.
However, Floyd isn’t the only officer to voice his opinion on social media in the wake of the Tulsa shooting.
Rodney Muterspaw took to Twitter to post: “As an officer I am so sick and drained of some cops doing things like this. You are making us all look bad. STOP. #TerenceCrutcher.”
WCPO spoke to Muterspaw, who a police chief in Ohio, about the shooting.
Muterspaw told WCPO that the top mistake police make is not admitting when they are wrong.