The dead man in Tulsa, Terence Crutcher, was unarmed and, judging by the video footage, posed no apparent threat to the officers who accosted him on the road Friday - the most recent in a string of seemingly unwarranted police shootings now so long that disentangling one episode from another requires a feat of memory. He said Crutcher repeatedly ignored Shelby's commands and didn't respond to her questions.
Donald Trump says he doesn't know what a police officer was thinking when she fatally shot an unarmed man in Oklahoma.
Terence Crutcher's 4-year-old son was already asking where his slain father had gone.
On Friday, two 911 calls describing an SUV that had been abandoned in the middle of the road preceded the fatal encounter between Crutcher and the police.
CONSOLING-Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons, left, comforts Tiffany Crutcher, twin sister of Terence Crutcher who was shot and killed by Tulsa Police Friday night, September 16. Shelby did not activate her patrol car's dashboard camera, so no footage exists of what first happened between the two before other officers arrived.
"I was never so scared in my life as in that moment right then", officer Betty Shelby told the homicide detectives in an interview, according to her lawyer Scott Wood. His hands are up, As officers approach, Crutcher appears to place his hands on the vehicle before the officers surround him. "Who is flawless? But that night he was not a criminal", said Crutcher family attorney Melvin Hall regarding Crutcher's criminal record.
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw tweeted Tuesday, "As an officer I am so sick and drained of some cops doing things like this".
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"I must tell you, I watched (a videotape of) the shooting in particular in Tulsa, and that man was hands up, that man went to the auto, hands up, put his hand on the vehicle".
He said she drew her handgun after Crutcher walked toward the police car's passenger side and started to put his hand in his left pocket. "But maybe people like that, people that choke, people that do that, maybe they can't be doing what they're doing". There's no clear, standard formula investigators can rely on to answer the question of whether an officer's belief that he or she's in peril is reasonable, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago said.
Video of the shooting, which Trump cited, shows Crutcher walking toward his SUV. The officer who shot Mr. Crutcher was white.
Trump says he's seen video of the incident, and that it looked like Crutcher did everything right. Crutcher is left lying in the street. She said he was soft-spoken but well-known throughout the neighborhood.
Police said that a vial of PCP was found in Crutcher's SUV, the AP reported.
Saying "we're a family of faith", Tiffany Crutcher told CNN's "New Day" early Wednesday that she hopes something positive can come of her family's loss.
However, on Tuesday, Mr Crutcher's family held a press conference showing a magnified photo appearing to show blood on the driver's window, indicating it was not open.