“We need all the facts!”
“He probably had an arrest record!”
“Should have just done what he was told!”
“He was reaching for a gun!”
These were once again the arguments used by many to find justification for the execution of Terence Crutcher in the middle of a Tulsa street earlier this week. On video, while surrounded by multiple law enforcement officers. He was unarmed.
Today, prosecutors filed manslaughter charges against the officer who pulled the trigger and fatally wounded Terrence Crutcher. These prosecutors have the facts, they’ve seen the video, interviewed those involved, and have come to the conclusion so many are unwilling to accept. That Terence Crutcher’s life was taken without justification. Now the jury will decide the fate of Betty Shelby.
So for all those who believed in some way that he deserved what he got, does his life matter yet? Can you dig up any more justification that perhaps these prosecutors missed? Does this man’s family finally have the right to be upset, to mourn, to blame the police?
Or is he still just another dead black man who somehow deserved it?
If his life does matter now, will the next one?