Terence Crutcher's family holds "Bad Dude" rally for local kids
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- It's been nearly three months since Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by Tulsa Police Officer, Betty Shelby.
The family is still working to bring Crutcher justice.
Police released video from the shooting. In the video, an unidentified officer in a helicopter can be heard saying "that looks like a bad dude."
"Our number one goal is to turn negatives into positives and let our children know that they aren't bad dudes and that they are brothers and sisters and fathers and sons and they are solutions and they are students and they can be whatever they want to be," Crutcher's sister Doctor Tiffany Crutcher said.
Crutcher says the ultimate goal is to bring justice to her brother. Not just with a conviction, but also by supporting, encouraging and teaching children.
"I am praying that they truly, truly understand that there are good police officers and bad police officers and we want them to know the difference between right and wrong and that they matter and they don't have to be afraid," Crutcher said.
"I learned that we all have something planted in us to do something great," 13-year-old Timothy Anuu said.
Anuu attended the rally. He says he feels positive about the future.
"I feel kind of sad about what happened," Anuu said. "But, like I feel good about how everything is going and how we are handling it."
During the rally, volunteers talked with the kids about what to do if you are pulled over by a cop.
"First, we give them our ID and registration," Anuu said. "Ask them if they want to get it or if they want you to get it."
Anuu says to ask the cop if it is OK to move.
"Never run from a cop because that is going to make it worse because even if you didn't do something bad they will think you did because you are running," Anuu said.
And if a cop says show me your hands.
"Just put up your hands," Anuu said.
The kids also got to draw on a piece of paper what justice for Crutcher means to them.
"To have peace with the world and for people to love each other," ten-year-old Jadah said.
"My pictures means love when the segregation stopped," six-year-old Hannah said.
"Love for all people," seven-year-old Jason said.
"In the Pledge of Allegiance it says 'with liberty and justice for all,' so everyone in the world should have justice," Reyhana said.
A simple request, written in marker, these kids hope society hears.