Police chief: Terence Crutcher was unarmed when shot by officer
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TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan says Terence Crutcher's deadly shooting was "disturbing and very difficult to watch," as he reviewed the footage with Crutcher's family over the weekend.
Jordan spoke Monday afternoon at a news conference before the department released dashcam footage of the Sept. 16 incident.
Crutcher was shot to death by Officer Betty Shelby Friday night near East 36th Street North and North Lewis Avenue. According to Jordan, Shelby was en route to another call when she came upon Crutcher's stalled SUV.
Shelby and another officer, Tyler Turnbough, both used force during the incident. Turnbough used a stun gun on Crutcher before Shelby fired a single gunshot.
Initially, police said Crutcher disobeyed officers' orders to raise his arms.
In the dashcam video, Crutcher has his arms raised as he walks back to his vehicle. That's when Shelby fires her gun.
During Monday's news conference, Jordan said Crutcher had no gun on him and there was no gun in his vehicle.
Speaking just before Tulsa police released the video of Crutcher's shooting, attorneys for his family said they haven't seen anything to justify the loss of life.
"He needed a hand but what he got was a bullet in his lung," said attorney Benjamin Crump.
Crutcher's twin sister, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, said her entire family is devastated and they have yet to see her brother's body.
Tiffany Crutcher said her attorneys and her family are demanding immediately that charges are filed against this "incompetent officer."
Crutcher's family and Tulsa city officials are both asking for peaceful demonstration as the investigation continues.
"We as citizens need to sit back and wait and let the process take care of itself," said Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson.
Henderson, speaking at Monday's news conference, thanked the police for being swift and transparent.
The activist group "We the People" spoke outside the Tulsa County Courthouse late Monday afternoon, asking for the immediate arrest of the officer who shot Crutcher.
Both Shelby and Turnbough are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler says his office will review all police reports and evidence to determine whether criminal charges are appropriate.
The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an independent investigation into the use of force. U.S. Attorney Danny Williams, speaking at Monday's news conference, said the DOJ will conduct a comprehensive review of Friday night's events.