Police Kill Another Unarmed Black Man & We Need to Demand Justice -- Now

The next time someone gets upset about Colin Kaepernick copycats or angry at Black Lives Matter protests, show them this video. It shows an unarmed, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher being killed by a Tulsa police officer with his hands up. It's time for Americans to demand justice.


Crutcher's SUV was stopped in the middle of the road. He was having car trouble. Instead of offering him assistance, officer Betty Shelby shot and killed him. One of the officers observing Crutcher's murder from above in a helicopter could be heard saying he looked like "a big bad dude," according to NBC News.

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Once again, we can all see with our own eyes that being black in America is deadly. Here's the video, which is graphic and disturbing.

His twin sister, Tiffany, stood in front of the media to set the record straight about who her brother was:

You all want to know who that 'big bad dude' was? That 'big bad dude' was my twin brother. That 'big bad dude' was a father. That 'big bad dude' was a son. That 'big bad dude' was enrolled at Tulsa Community College, just wanting to make us proud. That 'big bad dude' loved God .... We just celebrated our 40th birthday.

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How many more people of color do we need to see killed by police until someone is held accountable? There's Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Sandra Bland. The list goes on. No American gets to deny the fact that police kill people of color in America regularly and without punishment.

It's time for all of us to do something to stop this.

Campaign Zero has a list of concrete reforms we can implement at every level of government to de-militarize, and de-escalate interactions between law enforcement and the community, and hold police accountable.

And the solutions don't all have to fall on police. Of course policing is difficult work. Streets are dangerous, tensions are running high. Police are being asked to take on immense challenges in our communities.

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Hero Dallas police chief David Brown explained at a press conference the impossible situation many departments in the US find themselves in like this:

Not enough mental health funding, let the cop handle it. Not enough drug addiction funding, let's give it to the cops. Here in Dallas we have a loose dog problem. Let's have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, give it to the cops. 70 percent of the African-American community is being raised by single women, let's give it to the cops to solve as well. That's too much to ask. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems. I just ask other parts of our democracy along with the free press to help us.

But that doesn't mean that police shouldn't be held accountable for killing innocent citizens they're supposed to protect.

Maybe this tragic killing of Crutcher in Tulsa will be a strong enough case to not just get justice for his family, but to send a message that police officers aren't above the law. It's the only way forward. In 2015 and 2014, exactly zero cops were convicted of murder or manslaughter in the US, despite the growing list of casualties.

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The Justice Department has announced it will step in to investigate the murder. In the meantime, Officer Shelby has been placed on administrative leave, with pay.

Black Lives Matter and other protesters have started to gather in Tulsa to demand justice for Terence Crutcher.

And I don't know about you, but if kneeling during the national anthem or attending a protest can help save one more person from being killed by police, I think we should all do our part to fight for everyone's right to have their car break down on an American street without getting the death penalty.


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