When I first heard the news regarding the death of Terence Crutcher I quickly took to social media to find out more.  I watched the videotapes several times, each time searching for justified reasonings behind the shooting. I scanned each of Crutcher’s steps as well as the police officers. I reversed the tape in case I missed a point in the video where Crutcher was being violent or belligerent. I paused the footage where I thought that maybe he had done something wrong. I didn’t find anything.

What is even worse than opening Twitter or turning on my television just to find another colored man murdered by the hands of law enforcement is discovering that many think such killings are okay. It is unfortunate that even with actual footage showing that Crutcher was unjustly maimed, people still feel that not only was he committing acts of crime, but he deserved to be killed. Users even left their thoughts on USA Today’s website commenting that “BLM are like Muslims. Both want welfare and free stuff but neither will follow the law,” although Crutcher broke no law and Black Lives Matter was never mentioned. 

The initial reason that the police arrived to the scene was because Crutcher’s car had broken down. On a barren Tulsa Oklahoma road, officers in squad cars and police helicopters shortly rushed to the scene. However, it was pretty clear that Crutcher wasn’t doing anything wrong. The officer in the helicopter even said “This guy’s still walking and following commands.” 

It wasn’t until Crutcher was profiled that issues began to ensue. After Crutcher began to walk away from the officers (where many of those critical of him implied that this was why he deserved to be shot) he was tazed by an officer and shot by Betty Shelby shortly after. Maybe it was because of the way he looked? An officer in the chopper did say “That looks like a bad dude. Might be on to something.” 

Crutcher, who didn’t have a single weapon in his vehicle was a part-time pastor and full time father. It’s unfortunate that even when blacks are killed, “but’s” and “if’s” are added to the equation. Although there is footage and evidence obviously showing that Crutcher did no harm before he was shot, there are still people that feel that he deserved it; that felt he was up to no good.

How can these issues ultimately come to an end? It often times seems that there may never be an answer to this question. It saddens me to know that it has come to a point where even the death of a colored man doesn’t mean much in society; probably  since he appears to be a threat? A lot of work has to be done, but who has the chance to win against a warped system.  

Published by Richard Williams