By now you might have seen the videos released Monday (September 19) by the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department showing the encounter between their officers and Terence Crutcher. The footage reveals Crutcher, 40, an unarmed black man with his arms raised, being Tasered by officer Tyler Turnbough, and then fatally shot by officer Betty Shelby. Both officers were white, and were responding Friday evening to reports an abandoned vehicle blocking a road. As is often the case, Shelby has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Less than two months after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, the number of unarmed black people being fatally shot by law enforcement officials continues to rise. Musicians and other celebrities voiced their mounting frustration and empathy on social media. Here are just 13 searing responses:
I JUST SEEN A TERRORIST SURVIVE A SHOOTOUT WITH THE POLICE AFTER BLOWING SOME SHIT UP AND LATER ON THAT DAY A BLACK MAN SHOT DOWN FOR NO REASON AT ALL! "I NEVER BELIEVED IN AMERICA" THE LAND WHERE THEY WILL TAKE YA HOUSE AND PUT YOUR KIDS OUT ON THE STREETS FOR SOME OWED TAX MONEY..... WHERE THEY GIVING OUT 30 YEARS SENTENCES FOR NON VIOLENT CRIMES TO MOSTLY BLACK OFFENDERS " I DONT THINK I WILL EVER VOTE,THAT STUFF NEVER FELT LIKE IT WAS FOR ME OR MY PEOPLE FROM WHERE THEY GIVE POOR PEOPLE MILLION DOLLAR BAILS AND SAY INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!! FROM WHERE THEY SAY FREEDOM OF SPEECH BUT WILL GIVE YOU A 100 YEARS ABOUT A PHONE CONVERSATION WHERE THE WORLD EQUAL DOSENT EXSIST! THEY JUST TOOK MY FRIEND FREEDOM FOR SMOKING WEED ON PROBATION....... AND THIS COP THAT KILLED THIS MAN/FATHER GOING HOME TO BED TONIGHT?????
Now let all the racists come forth and say that racism doesn't exist. Those who will make a reason for why this man was shot and killed. Fuck you! Can you not see why we shout BLACK LIVES MATTER! Can you not see why Colin Kaepernick says fuck your national anthem?! A bomber, literally a terrorists, shoots it out with the cops and is safely detained yet this unarmed black man is shot down like so many others. If you don't see the problem, you are the problem. #prayformypeople
Who do we regard as criminal? The white woman? Or the black man? Constructions of criminality from long ago are at work. #TerenceCrutcher— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) September 20, 2016
Good morning America. In case they're still wondering why we say #BlackLivesMatter... Damn. How I wish that the outrage from a man taking a knee during a song would match the outrage of another life being ripped from under us. How I wish that you would love this country enough to actually acknowledge what's wrong with it and help fix it. How I wish that the truly good people would show their faces. How I wish that the men and women in uniform who actually ARE good and are here to protect and serve would stand up and acknowledge these executions. Is this what you want to represent your firm of officers? I believe deep down inside my heart that the majority of people are profoundly good. God I just wish you would all show up and prove it. #TerenceCrutcher ✊🏿🙏🏿✊🏿
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