Tulsa Policed offer gunned down an unarmed black man whose car accidentally blocked the road. Is it going beyond the call of duty or a grave abuse of authority?
Shooting incidents similar to this are getting rampant in the United States especially when it seems to be linked with racial discrimination. Many citizens are now probing for more answers - when will this end?
In a recent event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A white Tulsa police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man whose car had broken down and blocked the road. Last Thursday, a warrant arrest has been issued and the said officer was charged with first degree manslaughter.
Officer Betty Shelby of Tulsa County is the prime suspect of the shooting. The court papers filed said, she escalated the situation and over-reacted. This led to the untimely death of Terence Crutcher, 40. If proven guilty, she may face four years in prison.
This is not the first time a police officer shot an unarmed black man. The broadcasted police video created a spark and raising the same question about racial bias in US police system.
"Although she is charged, she is presumed innocent until a judge or jury determines otherwise," Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said reporters after an investigation in which more than 50 witnesses were questioned.
"I don't know why things happen in this world the way they do," he added.
Crutcher can be seen in the videos obeying and following instructions of Tulsa police officers. He was seen raising his hands on air shortly before has brutally shot last Monday.
Officer Shelby told investigators "that she was in fear for her life and thought Crutcher was going to kill her," according to an arrest sworn statement.
The first officer near her deployed a Taser on Crutcher, who was at that time, standing facing his vehicle. Then suddenly, Officer Shelby fired at Crutcher.
Shelby said Crutcher did not respond to her questions but the two videos submitted by Tulsa Police, says otherwise.
This has got to stop or another racial war is bound to happen.