Peaceful demonstration held in Tulsa to honor memory of Terence Crutcher

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TULSA, Okla. – There was a march and demonstration in Tulsa on Saturday afternoon to honor the memory of Terence Crutcher.

One week ago, 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.

Earlier this week, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler charged Shelby with one count of first-degree manslaughter.

On Saturday afternoon, several groups including Black Lives Matter, ACLU Oklahoma, We the People Tulsa and Amnesty International hosted the march.

The peaceful march began at the Center of the Universe and ended at Courthouse Plaza.

The group says they wanted to respect Crutcher’s family’s request to encourage peace and unification.

Several civil rights groups, local community leaders and Tulsans attended Saturday afternoons rally and march in remembrance of Terence Crutcher who was fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer.


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