On Sept. 16, 2016, Terence Crutcher, 40, was fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer responding to reports of an abandoned vehicle in the road. Video footage from a police helicopter and police car shows Crutcher walking toward a vehicle with his hands raised before being Tasered and shot.
Here is a collection of all of the Tulsa World coverage of the incident.
From footage showing the death of Eric Garner in 2014 to a recent clip that captured an 11-year-old girl being handcuffed, raw video has thoro…
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and ACLU Oklahoma seek 39 different types of TPD records after monitoring "local residents’ concerns about excessive use of force and alleged racially-biased police arrests and stops."
Tulsa’s city attorney says a federal judge should strike the Terence Crutcher estate’s civil rights lawsuit and order the estate to file a new complaint devoid of the “extraordinary” amount of material that “serves no legitimate purpose” in the current one.
"I started getting calls, hate emails calling me racist and people being angry because we supported this foundation that was expressly founded to unite people and bridge this racial divide that we have," state Sen. Kevin Matthews said.
Case documents for the former Tulsa Police officer in the 2016 shooting death of Terence Crutcher will be expunged. All parties listed on the petition had signed off on the expungement prior to the hearing, and no objections were announced in court on Wednesday.
Aware Tulsa, a group of white residents seeking equality for people of color, held a protest Sunday in front of the Tulsa County Courthouse and asked Mayor G.T. Bynum to take action by removing Jordan from his post immediately.
The federal civil rights lawsuit, initially filed in June, was expanded this week to include Jordan and two officers present during the 2016 shooting as defendants. The original suit listed only former officer Betty Shelby and the city of Tulsa.
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The case, filed in Tulsa's U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in June, alleges excessive use of force against Shelby and racially-biased policing against the city.
For the Crutchers, the year has been full of mourning and adjustments to daily life. Three of Terence's children, ages 5, 12 and 16, live with his parents — the Rev. Joey and Leanna Crutcher.
Attorneys representing Shelby filed a petition seeking expungement of the records related to her arrest on a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher nearly a year ago. A jury acquitted Shelby in May.
The new foundation will focus on education and anti-violence programs to address inequities in regard to minority communities.
"I certainly feel like we hit a lottery on this deal," Sheriff Scott Walton said, adding that Shelby will be serving the community with no pay.
Officer Betty Shelby’s resignation has been accepted, with her final date of work at the Tulsa Police Department coming Aug. 3.
The FOP complaint filed May 3 alleged DA Steve Kunzweiler "unfairly" charged Shelby in the Sept. 16 shooting death of Terence Crutcher without having probable cause.
Shelby was a field officer when she fatally shot Terence Crutcher last fall, and she was suspended from her job until a jury acquitted her of manslaughter in May. TPD then moved her to an administrative position and removed her from patrol work.
Police Chief Chuck Jordan said a full roll-out would occur after some technical steps are completed. Mayor G.T. Bynum said the goal is to have the cameras fully deployed by the end of 2017.
Chief Chuck Jordan told the Tulsa World on Wednesday that the Police Department isn’t doing anything different. He noted the zero fatal police shootings in 2015, saying officers are policing the same way and reacting to what people are doing — threats to officers and citizens.
Tulsa County’s district attorney on Wednesday morning defended the process by which he charged Betty Shelby in the fatal shooting of Terence C…
"It would show his kids that he's still alive," Nicole Martin said. "It would just help us in our community."
Since 2012, the African-American arrest rate by Tulsa Police officers was more than two times that of non-black people, a Tulsa World analysis of data provided by the department indicates. Black people comprise 15 percent of the Tulsa population.
Those interested in the case can see the entire 40-minute interview in which Shelby spoke to Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker about shooting Terence Crutcher. She can be seen collapsing on the floor at one point in the video that jurors saw before acquitting her Wednesday.
She faces first-degree manslaughter charges in the Sept. 16 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in north Tulsa.
The Tulsa Police Department's policies and procedures manual addresses an officer's duty to provide care in the event a use of force results in injury with only the brief statement, "Render necessary first aid."
Tulsa County District Judge Kurt Glassco will consider on Friday whether his parents or the mother of three of his children or her uncle will be the administrator of his estate.
Sharpton commended Tulsa police for releasing the footage of the Crutcher shooting and remarked that Tulsa should be a model for the other cities where black men have been killed by law enforcement officers but refuse to share video.
Because of the phenomenon, Officer Betty Shelby also didn't hear other officers arrive with their cars' sirens activated or approach her, defense attorney Scott Wood said Friday.
When the grant was first announced in September 2015, police said officers should be equipped by next year. A police spokesman said the recent shooting hasn’t caused TPD to expedite implementation of the body-worn cameras.
Shelby posted $50,000 bond about 20 minutes after she was booked into the Tulsa Jail.
Other Tulsa news outlets reported Wednesday that a source within the Tulsa Police Department said Crutcher’s driver’s side window was rolled down. But police declined to clarify the issue Thursday, citing ongoing local and federal investigations.
TPD is monitoring social media sites, where it has received numerous threats prompting some of the new precautions, as well as protests and demonstrations, spokesman Shane Tuell said.
In the wake of the first-degree manslaughter charges against a Tulsa Police officer, protesters decided to forgo a march and instead rally and hear from a few speakers.
"I've always had respect for Mr. Lewis," Chief Chuck Jordan said after meeting with We the People Oklahoma leader Marq Lewis. "He's always advocated nonviolence. He's always trying to move forward and make things happen to better our community, and I'll always respect that."
Funeral service scheduled in Tulsa this weekend
The crowd slowly built until people were lined around the walls and crowded into the hallways — wherever they could find to stand.
The investigation continues into Terence Crutcher's shooting death, and the district attorney will determine whether charges are filed against the officer.
A report concerning the commission was due for discussion during Wednesday's City Council meeting but has been pulled from the agenda.
"He was very complimentary of Tulsa, of me — which I was proud to hear — and he was very complimentary of our police chief. I was very proud to hear that," the mayor said of his conversation with the president.
Christians, Jews and Muslims, black, white and Hispanic, young and old, attended the service, which was characterized by sorrow, anger, and a …
More than 1,600 people have shared a Facebook post from a Tulsa Police officer's page stating he will not take the authority of his badge for …
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PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill interview Tulsa World's Ginnie Graham on Tuesday's program about the fatal police shooting of Terence Crutcher.
Attorneys for the family of a man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer spoke to reporters Tuesday about what they said is misinformation coming from a police narrative of the incident Friday.
We pray that our community's self-interest and the memory of the recent history of reliable justice in critical situations will give officials the time they need to act fairly on the evidence and in accordance with the law.
We The People Oklahoma has scheduled a meeting with Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan, said Marq Lewis, a leader of the community activist group.