Hillary Clinton calls the event “intolerable” and “unbearable.”
Terence Crutcher, un hombre negro de 40 años, estaba desarmado en una carretera con las manos en alto cuando un oficial de policía blanco lo derribó. El incidente ocurrió el viernes pasado en Tulsa, Oklahoma.
El departamento de policía de la ciudad publicó el lunes un video de la escena en el último caso del debate de los Estados Unidos sobre el trato de la policía a la comunidad afroamericana.
As explained by the authorities, the police responded to a call about a car stopped in the middle of the road, allegedly broken down. Two police cars came to the scene and asked Crutcher for the car’s papers. The video shows Crutcher turning around and heading for the driver’s door with his hands raised and apparently calm.
Agent Betty Shelby follows him closely, pointing her gun at the African American’s back
Two other cops are walking a few feet behind him, and their bodies prevent them from seeing the scene clearly. Crutcher then collapses to the ground after lowering his arms to pick up the papers from the car through the window.
“The video is very disturbing, it’s very difficult to see,” said the Tulsa police chief before the images were released, one of many others that have already been seen this year in the country. According to The Washington Post, 171 black people have been killed by police so far this year.
Two of the most recent cases are Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota. Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate, condemned the event and called it “unbearable. “How many times do we have to watch this,” the Democrat said on a television show Tuesday morning.
Agent Shelby, who had been with the Tulsa police since 2011, and another of the officers involved were suspended from employment but not from pay — a common practice in these cases — until the investigation was completed.
The police force announced that it will examine whether there was a violation of Crutcher’s civil
Rights and whether criminal charges can be brought against the officers. The Justice Department will also conduct an independent investigation.
Crutcher’s family watched the video before it was released by police and rejected the possibility that the victim did not cooperate with the officers’ instructions or made suspicious moves, something the police suggested before showing them the images. The families called for a thorough investigation of the events and asked the community that the protests over Crutcher’s death be peaceful.
The family’s lawyer, Damario Solomon-Simmons, described the video as “disturbing,” and accused the police of letting Crutcher bleed to death on the floor, since the officers did not attend to him until after the shooting.