This shit continues undisturbed with no signs of slowing down or stopping. At this point, claiming that being black in America is hazardous to your health is an accurate observation, not an overexaggeration.
Raw Story reports:
Dash cam video released by the Tulsa Police Department on Monday showed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher with his hands above his head moments before he was shot and killed by one of the officers at the scene.
At a press conference on Monday, Chief Chuck Jordan explained that the video was “very disturbing — very difficult to watch.”
The video shows multiple police cruisers approach Crutcher’s vehicle, which appears to be broken down in the middle of the road. Crutcher is seen with his hands in the air. Both hands appear to be empty.
Pastor Rodney Goss of Morning Star Baptist Church, who was able to view the dash cam video as well as video from other department vehicles, said that all views showed Crutcher’s hands in the air.
Goss also denied claims made by a police spokesperson that suggested Crutcher was shot because he refused to obey commands.
Already, cops are trying to justify the shooting. Of course they would. They must save their own necks before admitting to any wrongdoing or gross incompetence.
“It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer,” Goss told Tulsa World.
The officer who pulled the trigger was later identified as Betty Shelby. She was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
It must be police procedure or something. How many other similar incidents have we seen where the officer in question was placed on paid administrative leave which means that they still get paid after murdering someone who posed no threat?
Like with any and all cop killings, the same old story will repeat itself like a bad rerun of a terrible show. It’s so recurrent that we know what to expect from the police, the “justice system” and political and social media commentaries. This was another edition of cops killing unarmed black people. So, the moment we heard about the news, we knew police was going to try to spin the incident in favor of the suspected cop who will be tried and probably freed or given a minimal sentence. Of course, if this is picked up by the mainstream media, especially of the conservative variety, they will do their best to uncover as much information about the victim as possible, such as his legal records, and will work hard to paint him as a criminal who deserved to die. And of course, black-on-black crime will be thrown into the mix.
Welcome to America where being black is a crime, and not too many people gives a fuck and are seemingly proud of it.