It's important in these situations to wait for facts. The video is a fact, no doubt. But it's not the only facts. That's because the video lacks all the audio we need. It lacks context. It also does not show everything. At times the video is obstructed.
My initial reaction is the same as most, this looks terrible. Like murder. But there are multiple sides to this story.
Here's the officer that shot's side of the story:
I'm not going to quote it, because the majority of the article is a narrative of what she says her experience was, so clips out of context won't work. If you're interested in some balance, you'll have to read the entire story.
I don't know if the officers were right here, but this is not as cut and dry as it originally appeared. Something that struck me as odd through my first viewing of the video remains. Here are a bunch of police, weapons aimed, following a man with his hands up as he walks towards his truck.
I can't think of any reason for this unless he was not following their instruction. They wouldn't point their weapons at him and then order him towards a place where a weapon could be stashed. This seemed like an escalation.
Then there's this:
Crutcher had been arrested in the past. In 1995 in nearby Osage County, officers said they saw him fire a weapon out a vehicle window. Records show Crutcher was ordered to exit the vehicle for a pat-down search and began making a movement to his right ankle before an officer managed to get control of him. A .25-caliber pistol was found in his right sock, according to an affidavit.Court records show officers used force against Crutcher on at least four separate occasions, including a 2012 arrest on public intoxication and obstruction complaints. In that case, an officer used a stun gun on Crutcher twice while he was face down on the ground because the officer said Crutcher didn't comply with at least three orders to show his hands, a police affidavit states. Crutcher's father showed up while he was being arrested and told the officers that his son had "an ongoing problem" with the drug PCP, the affidavit states.So once more, we need to wait and see where the facts take us.Two 911 calls before the shooting described an SUV abandoned in the middle of the road. One caller said the vehicle's driver was acting strangely, adding, "I think he's smoking something."
Sgt. Dave Walker confirmed Tuesday that investigators found a vial of PCP in Crutcher's SUV. A toxicology report could take several weeks.
Also, lets not forget the officer was on the scene for over a minute before the video starts and the victim wasnt responding to the officers verbal questions and commands. That is an extremely scary and volatile situation if a person continually refuses any commands from an officer with their gun drawn and instead walks back to his or her car.
Guys....he was already being tased when he got shot.
I feel like as a whole people have lost the idea that the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle of the stories being told. It seems like everyone involved in this situation made mistakes.
___________LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The taser though is one of the least effective tools. It won't work if it hits certain clothing, if the clothing is too loose, too thick, too baggy, etc. It has a much less chance of working if the person is on certain drugs, is filled with tons of adrenaline, doesn't make contact in the right place, etc.
If this turns out that he was tased and it didnt stop him from moving and he then was perceived to continue to reach into the car, what then were the officers going to do? Run away at that point? We don't really know if he was tased and it didnt work or only partially worked.
As to him being tased and being shot, again, we don't know the exact timing and we don't know the response to being tased.
Ultimately, if toxicology reports show he had PCP in his system, then it makes the officers' response much more understandable.
But let's say I did buy it...I'm having a hard time justifying how a black guy walking towards his car with his hands up is threatening enough to get tased and shot...But a white dude waving a gun threatening to kill everyone makes it out unscathed.
I think you can justify a handful of instances, but it's not a handful. It's a pattern.
I agree with you about the disparate treatment of white suspects and black suspects. Although we do have to be careful here. It's entirely possible that similar videos with white suspects who are shot and killed exist, but don't get the same press.
I know that the Washington Post did an article on situations where police killed a suspect and broke down. I think the number of times police killed a suspect was close to a 1,000 in a year. I'll see if I can find it.
It's why cops don't feel great about going into people's houses. I don't know what you have hidden away. But you do. That puts you at a tactical advantage. We're taught from day 1 to never put yourself at a disadvantage.
I'm not a Milo guy, but I saw this across my fb feed as shared by someone I know. It illustrated the point of why we don't let people reach around in their car or go back to their car if their out.
Also, I'm not saying that the cop in Tulsa was right. I don't know enough about it. She seems to have made a huge, huge mistake and it will need to be addressed.
I just don't see the need for people to riot as if that's going to help anything. I also don't understand why the media reports half of a story and allows people to get worked up and destroy cities. They can always amend a story. They can't undo the chaos and destruction.