TULSA, Okla. - The group We the People Oklahoma says the time for asking is over. They say they want answers now about what happened Friday night, when a Tulsa Police officer shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.
The group says first, they want to know why the dash cam and helicopter video shows Officer Betty Shelby following a slow walking Crutcher with his hands in the air, with her gun drawn.
They reported Crutcher was stopped in the road because he’d had car trouble.
State Representative Regina Goodwin says she wants to know why all the officers left Crutcher to bleed out in the street for minutes before anyone started to render aid.
“He’s on the ground and instead of checking for a pulse they’re going through his pockets to check for potential evidence and putting down evidence markers,” says Goodwin.
Marq Lewis with We the People Oklahoma says despite all their questions there are things they already know they want to see happen.
“Right now we need them to arrest Betty Shelby. Right now,” says Lewis.
He also called for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office to recuse itself from the case.
“We have already said this in the past that you cannot police yourself,” says Lewis.
District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler responded to that demand, saying there’s no reason for his office to recuse. In a statement he said, “I will continue to do the job I am sworn to do, and I ask our citizens to stand firm in their adherence to the rule of law. My request is that we pray for wisdom and guidance as our community addresses this sad event.”
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