Terence Crutcher's death prompts outcry

A terror suspect caught up in a gunfight with officers is brought into custody alive, yet an unarmed black man whose car stalled on the road days earlier is shot dead.

That's the critique many have made online since details surfaced about the officer-involved shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla.

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Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed by Tulsa police Friday night after his SUV stalled on the road. Yet it was on Monday that his name started trending, after video footage released by police circulated showing Crutcher getting shot after being confronted by four officers.

In an aerial-shot video from a helicopter, someone is heard saying, "That looks like a bad dude too. "He might be on something."

Tiffany Crutcher responded to that when she called for charges against the officer:

 

 

Tiffany Crutcher, called for charges Monday, the Associated Press reported. “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.”

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan called for the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting death. Many have echoed Tiffany Crutcher's calls for charges and questioned the description of a "bad dude."

 

 

Many pointed out that just hours earlier, New Jersey police took 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami into custody alive. He was the suspect in a series of bombings in the New York City metro area, including one that injured 29 people on Saturday night in Manhattan. And authorities say he shot two Linden, N.J., officers during a bloody shootout before being detained.

 

 

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan called for the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting death. Many have echoed Tiffany Crutcher's calls for charges and questioned the description of a "bad dude."

Many pointed out that just hours earlier, New Jersey police took 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami into custody alive. He was the suspect in a series of bombings in the New York City metro area, including one that injured 29 people on Saturday night in Manhattan. And authorities say he shot two Linden, N.J., officers during a bloody shootout before being detained.

At the heart of their outcries, perhaps, is an all too common observation: it's another day and another hashtag.

 

 

USA TODAY


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