Local, national political leader react to fatal shooting of Terence Clutcher by Tulsa police officer

Local, national political leader react to fatal shooting of Terence Clutcher by Tulsa police officer
Posted at 3:04 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 14:29:43-04

TULSA – The story of the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher by a Tulsa police officer has been heard by many, both locally and nationally.

Local and national political leaders and civil rights groups have been sharing their reactions to Crutcher’s death.

RELATED: Rev. Al Sharpton says Rev. Crutcher, father of Terence Crutcher, asked Sharpton to come to Tulsa

The Tulsa Regional Chamber sent a message as well, read it below.

“First and foremost, we at the Tulsa Regional Chamber wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Terence Crutcher,” said Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “We grieve with you for his loss. His family members are part of the Chamber family, so his loss is also felt deeply within our organization.”

“In the midst of this tragedy, we commend Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett for meeting with the Crutcher family and community leaders as the details of the story first became known,” said Chamber Vice-Chair of Education and Workforce Wes Mitchell. “Both Chief Jordan and Mayor Bartlett have exhibited professionalism and transparency in handling the situation thus far, and we trust this will continue throughout the investigation. We have confidence they will seek and obtain justice for Mr. Crutcher’s family and the Tulsa community as a whole.”

“Unfortunately, Tulsa is by no means unique in facing situations where questions of race and use of force undermine the trust that should exist between the members of a community and the police,” said Tulsa Regional Chamber Chairman Jeff Dunn. “Beyond that, there continue to be racial inequities in terms of education, economic status and health care. As a community, we must make the long-term commitment to address these inequities.”

“The Tulsa Regional Chamber and business community stand ready to be a partner with the African-American community, local religious leaders, and the entire region in the challenging work ahead,” said Chamber Vice-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion Marilyn Ihloff. “Through programs such as Mosaic, the diversity business council of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, we seek to create a more diverse and inclusive climate throughout our region. Events such as those of last Friday night underscore the need for continued, unified effort in our community.”

Mayor elect G.T. Bynum posted a message on Facebook, it is below. 

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin tweeted about Crutcher’s death this week, the thread is below.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sent a tweet about the incident. 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton posted on Facebook saying “Another unarmed black man was shot in a police incident. How many times do we have to see this in our country? This is just unbearable, and it needs to be intolerable. And so maybe I can, by speaking directly to white people, say, look, this is not who we are. We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias. There are good, honorable, cool-headed police officers. We have seen them in action in New York over the last 48 hours because of the terrorist attacks. We can do better. We have got to rein in what is absolutely inexplicable. And we have got to have law enforcement respect communities and communities respect law enforcement because they have to work together.”

Senator James Lankford tweeted after the incident saying “I’m saddened by the tragic death of #TerenceCrutcher and I pray for the Crutcher family. My thoughts are with the entire #Tulsa community.”

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islam Relations, CAIR-OK, called for state officials “ensure a fair and transparent investigation” into the shooting death of Crutcher.

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