Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, released very disturbing helicopter footage showing the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer. Tulsa police have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to help investigate the shooting death of a man by an officer, according to reports by Fox News.
Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot Friday night by Officer Betty Shelby, a five-year veteran of the force. The officers stopped when they saw Crutcher’s stalled vehicle blocking traffic.
An attorney for Officer Shelby said she suspected Crutcher had a weapon and that he refused to follow orders, reaching into his pocket and his vehicle moments before the shooting.
Police confirmed after the shooting that no weapon was found.
Crutcher, a father of four, was attending music classes at Tulsa Community College. His family disputes that he failed to cooperate and have called for the officer to be charged.
A second officer at the scene used a Taser in an attempt to subdue Crutcher before he was shot.
On the helicopter video, a pilot is heard saying that Crutcher “looks like a bad dude.”
The department is conducting a criminal investigation, while Shelby was placed on paid administrative leave. The Justice Department has also opened a civil rights investigation.
Black Lives Matter and other activists have highlighted the shooting as the latest example of an unjustified use of lethal force by a police officer against a minority individual.
Read the full story at Fox News.