**LOCATION WILL BE RELEASED ASAP**
Note: Per today’s press conference, the video has NOT been released.
On Friday, September 16, 2016, unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, 40, was killed by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby after his vehicle stalled on his way home from Tulsa Community College. Officers state that he refused to put his hands up. Terence was allegedly tasered before he was finally killed by a single shot. At 1:30pm today, the unedited video is set to be released by the Tulsa Police Department to view the incidents that occurred on that tragic evening.
We are sending our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Terence Crutcher. He was a remarkable man that was loved throughout the community. He was a student, father, with no past criminal record—information only relevant to ensure the preservation of Terence’s character is not maliciously attacked throughout media outlets.
Black Lives Matter organizers support the family of Terrence Crutcher as they seek justice for this senseless killing. Through partnership with the family, community, and willing organization, we intend to stand with the family and ensure justice is achieved.
This horrific moment occurs in the wake of the countless black citizens that have been killed by the hands of law enforcement all over the nation.The tragic death of Terrance Crutcher is a continuation in the series of state-sanctioned violence that has occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Only 6 months ago, ex-deputy Robert Bates shot and killed unarmed Eric Harris after claiming he thought he was reaching for his taser instead of his gun. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison. In 2011, army veteran Elliot Williams died a slow death captured on video as prison guards taunted him until his last breath. These tragedies will forever be linked by racial inequality and the failure of basic human rights and protections afforded to black citizens.
Black Lives Matter is an organization that encourages peaceful assembly and protest. We want to ensure that those that are willing to assembly peacefully, and do so with respect the the family’s wishes to allow justice to proceed with due process. We urge the necessary transformation of policing protocols in Tulsa, and beyond, and we demand accountability, transparency, and cooperation from the Tulsa Police Department. We will plan an assembly within the week.
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