The Tulsa Police Department released footage of an officer-involved shooting that killed an unarmed black man on Friday.
A department spokesperson said Terence Crutcher, 40, refused to comply with orders to put his hands in the air, but the video shows his hands were raised before he was shot and killed.
None of the officers had body cameras, but dashcam footage shows Officer Betty Shelby with her gun drawn on Crutcher. He walks to his car with his arms raised before being shot once.
According to KOKI-TV, Officer Tyler Turnbough deployed a Taser, and Shelby fired her gun at Crutcher. He was struck and killed.
TPD also confirmed one of the officers in the helicopter that responded to the shooting was Shelby’s husband.
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said his office will review police reports and evidence in the shooting.
“Certainly, the death of Mr. Crutcher is a tragic event and my sympathies are with his family during this difficult time,” Kunzweiler said. “It is important that the integrity of this on-going investigation be maintained, and it would be improper for me or any other law enforcement official to comment upon the specifics of the case as it could result in subsequent criminal charges.”
Kunzweiler emphasized the importance of protecting the integrity of the investigative process while balancing the need for transparency.
“In this country we all enjoy the presumption of innocence regardless of any accusation leveled,” he said. “Tulsa County citizens have long demonstrated a high regard for the rule of law and respect for the legal process. I will continue to do the job I am sworn to do, and I ask our citizens to stand firm in their adherence to the rule of law. My request is that we pray for wisdom and guidance as our community addresses this sad event.”
Tulsa police released several video and audio clips from the deadly shooting. The video is graphic, they are available at KOKI-TV.
Read more at KOKI-TV.