TULSA, Okla. — A vigil is scheduled Thursday night in remembrance of Terence Crutcher five years after he was shot and killed by a white Tulsa police officer.
Crutcher's family is organizing the vigil at the 36th Street North Event Center at 7:40 p.m. -- the same time Betty Shelby shot and killed him a half-decade ago.
In video from that day, Crutcher was seen walking to his car with his hands up, then reaching into the driver’s side window before Shelby shot him.
A jury acquitted Shelby of a first-degree manslaughter charge, and she'd later resign from the Tulsa Police Department.
Since his death, the Terence Crutcher Foundation, led by his sister Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, has been working to combat police brutality as well as support the resurgence of Black Wall Street in downtown Tulsa.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum gave 2 News Oklahoma the following statement on Thursday morning:
“I think the consequences of that event have been tragic. As someone who believes every life is sacred, the loss of Terrance Crutcher’s life is tragic. The impact on the lives and careers of the law enforcement personnel involved is tragic. The division it created between people in our community - reducing our ability to work together toward community policing goals that will make Tulsa a safer city - is tragic.
In spite of this, Tulsa is a very different city today than it was 5 years ago. Every patrol officer now wears a body camera. The Tulsa Police Department has undergone independent assessments of its practices and made revisions accordingly. The City of Tulsa has established its first comprehensive strategy for addressing racial disparities (the Resilient Tulsa Strategy), created a team to follow through on it (the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity), and we are the only major city in America to publish an annual independent audit of inequalities in our community (the Tulsa Equality Indicators). We have attracted over one billion dollars of investment into North Tulsa, and we have created the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity to systematize the creation of shared prosperity in all parts of our city.
And there remains more to do. I am thankful for all those Tulsans who are committed to making ours a city where every young person has an equal opportunity for a great life.”
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