Moments before a Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer shot and killed Terence Crutcher, a police officer watching the scene from a helicopter remarked that Crutcher looked like a “bad dude.”
Crutcher, it would turn out, was unarmed. In the seconds before officer Betty Shelby opened fire, just before an officer said he looked like a “bad dude,” Crutcher had his hands up in the air — doing seemingly nothing to warrant aggression or insults from officers, based on videos released by police.
To Crutcher’s sister, Tiffany Crutcher, the “bad dude” remark seemed to be a sticking point while watching the videos in which her brother was killed.
“You all want to know who that big ‘bad dude’ was,” she said in a video published by Tulsa World. “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. That big ‘bad dude’ was at church singing, with all his flaws, every week.”
She added, “That big ‘bad dude,’ his life mattered.”
Crutcher’s family wants criminal charges filed against Shelby, who shot and killed the unarmed 40-year-old.
Shelby was not the officer who called Crutcher a “bad dude.” But the comments have stuck because they seem to show, considering Crutcher wasn’t doing anything wrong at the time the remarks were made, evidence of racial bias — the kind that would lead police to shoot and kill an unarmed black man.
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