Tulsa Man Killed by Officer Was Unarmed; DOJ Investigating

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The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether a civil rights violation occurred during the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Tulsa last Friday night, the Tulsa World reports. Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said officers found no gun on Terence Crutcher or in his SUV. Officer Betty Shelby fired a single shot at close range that video footage indicates hit Crutcher, 40, in the upper right chest. “I want to assure our community, and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation who are going to be looking at this, we will achieve justice, period,” Jordan said. He called the videos “very disturbing” and “very difficult to watch.”

The Department of Justice inquiry is separate from the investigation being conducted by local authorities, which will determine whether criminal charges are filed in connection with the shooting. Asked about the video, Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell said, “There’s a lot of video that you can watch that there’s actually no question as to what you’re seeing. This one leaves a lot of questions.”

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