Following the release of police videos in the shooting of unarmed Terence Crutcher, his twin sister said Monday that her family is demanding immediate charges against the Tulsa police officer who fatally shot him.
Referencing an audio recording in which an officer in a helicopter flying over the scene said Crutcher looks like a “bad dude,” Tiffany Crutcher told reporters their family wants justice because “that big ‘bad dude’ — his life mattered.”
“His life mattered,” she repeated. “And the chain breaks here. We’re going to stop it right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is bigger than us right here. We’re going to stop it right here.”
Tiffany Crutcher reportedly broke down in tears as the approximately 60 people who attended the news conference met her words with applause.
About a dozen of Terence Crutcher’s family members attended the news conference, including statements from four attorneys representing the family. One of those attorneys is Benjamin Crump, who previously represented the family of Trayvon Martin.
Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot Friday evening after an officer responding to an unrelated call came across his vehicle stalled on the highway. Dashcam video revealed Crutcher had his hands in the air when police arrived on the scene. Moments later, he was Tasered and gunned down.
Tiffany Crutcher asked for any protests that result from viewing the video, which she called “quite disturbing,” to be done peacefully.
“Just know that our voices will be heard,” she said. “The video will speak for itself. Let’s protest. Let’s do what we have to do, but let’s just make sure that we do it peacefully, to respect the culture of (the Crutcher family).”