This week’s Woman Crush Wednesday has been postponed out of respect for the tragic death of Terence Crutcher and other victims of police brutality.
This past Friday Terence Crutcher was returning home from a music appreciation class at Tulsa University in Tulsa, Oklahoma when his SUV stalled in the middle of a public road. He got out of the vehicle and proceeded to push it right when officer Betty Shelby showed up after responding to a domestic disturbance call within the same part of town.
After a couple of minutes or so, other squad cars arrived at the scene and several other officers provided officer Shelby with backup.
At this point most of the details would have been uncertain if it weren’t for video footage provided by dashboard cameras and news chopper cameras. The bulk of the video footage shows Terence Crutcher had his arms raised high above his head throughout his encounter with the police. For the most part, it looked like he was complying fully.
Unfortunately, the police still perceived him as a threat and eventually tasered him to the ground. As soon as he fell to the ground, Officer Shelby fired once at his head.
Now, I don’t claim to know all the facts and details of this tragic event. I am simply restating facts that I’ve come across while reading several articles from various news sources. If it weren’t for such revealing video evidence I wouldn’t have been able to make up my mind on whether or not to write anything about it.
As a Hispanic male I’ve experienced my fair share of unwarranted harassment from police and other authority figures but it was never to the point where I felt my life was in jeopardy. Still, my heart goes out to Terence Crutcher’s family and many other families whose loved ones were senselessly gunned down by police.
How many more must die before the law is enforced and those officers at fault are justly punished?
Something must be done. Something.
Rest In Peace, Terence Crutcher.
(If you’d like to watch the video footage of Crutcher’s encounter with the police I recommend doing a Google search. But I must warn you… it’s pretty graphic.)