TULSA --On Sunday the Tulsa Police Department identified officer Betty Shelby as the one who fired a fatal shot at 40 year-old Terence Crutcher. Police said Officer Shelby is now on paid administrative Leave. Officer Tyler Turnbough was also identified as the one who first tazed him. Now, Crutcher's family is taking action to get answers.
Crutcher's family members said they want justice. They are publicly asking TPD and any witnesses to immediatley share any unedited video of the shooting. The department plans to release all of that footage Monday afternoon. Crutcher's sister, Tiffany Crutcher, tells 2 Works For You the family is also planning on speaking to the public on Monday.
National Civil Rights Attorney's Damario Solomon-Simmons and Benjamin Crump are now representing Crutcher's family. In a statement the family said:
"Our family is deeply saddened at the tragic passing of our beloved Terence. Terence was a beloved father, brother, son, and friend. He was a peaceful man who lived every moment to the fullest, and served as an inspiration to many."
They said they're working with their legal team to find out why Crutcher was shot after his car stalled in the middle of the road. According to TPD, Crutcher didn't comply with their commands and allegedly reached inside his vehicle.Police said Officer Turnbough first tazed Crutcher, then Officer Shelby fatally shot him.
Officials said when an officer shoots, there is usually some kind of fear or safety involved.
"There isn't really steps for officer involved situation like this it's a fast moving situation. We don't go, this is step one this is step two this is step three, we go for what officer safety, citizen safety, and the officers felt like the needed to do," said Tulsa Police Department PIO Jeanne MacKenzie.
Police said Crutcher later died at the hospital.
Crutcher's lawyer's haven't announced when or where the family will be speaking tomorrow, but we will keep you updated on air, online and on the 2 works for you app.
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