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Attorney says Tulsa officer felt threatened

Police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie has said Crutcher refused orders to put up his hands.

Crutcher is then seen to fall to the ground.

Terence Crutcher was assassinated by Tulsa police when they arrived to investigate his stalled vehicle that was in the middle of an intersection on Tulsa's northeast side. It takes almost two minutes for the officers to even approach him to check his vital signs.

Wood tells the Tulsa World that Shelby says Crutcher repeatedly ignored officers' commands.

Betty has been placed on administrative leave, but claims that Terence "acted erratically, refused to comply with several orders, tried to put his hand in his pocket and reached inside his vehicle window before he was shot", according to her lawyer, Scott Wood.

Crutcher's family said his SUV stalled in the middle of the road as he was heading home from class at a local community college.

He was first tasered and then shot.

"That looks like a bad dude, too", the second officer said. The group's executive director, Ryan Kiesel, said Crutcher's death shows "how little regard" Tulsa police have for the community's minorities.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan during a press conference asked the U.S. Justice Department for an investigation. The video was shot from a police helicopter. The police have not yet said definitively why Crutcher was pulled over there, but Officer Shelby was apparently in the area responding to an unrelated domestic violence case. Seconds before he was shot, police dash-cam and helicopter footage shows, he had walked to his auto with his hands held over his head as Officer Betty Shelby walked behind him, her gun raised. They surround Crutcher, who continued to walk back to his auto, where he appeared to place his hands toward the vehicle.

"He has his hands up and is facing the auto and looks at Shelby, and his left hand goes through the vehicle window, and that's when she fired her shot", Wood told the Tulsa World for a report Tuesday.

In the video, Crutcher lies in the middle of the street, motionless, soon to be dead.

Mr Crutcher's twin sister Tiffany called for protests over his death to be peaceful, and demanded criminal charges be filed against the officer who fatally shot him. "That "big bad dude" was a father, that "big bad dude" was a son". Police said she requested backup, saying she was "not having cooperation from the person there".

On the night of September 16, exactly one month later, Crutcher's SUV broke down, according to his family.

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Wood said no one was around when Shelby pulled up to find an SUV straddling the center line with its engine running and doors open.

"The video shows that he was not belligerent".

Jordan said at the news conference that Shelby came across Crutcher while on her way to another call. "She thought that when she saw him", he said.

Crutcher was shot and killed last week after his auto broke down.

The incident has nothing to do with race, Wood said, noting that his client suspected Crutcher was under the influence. Both officers are white, MacKenzie said Monday.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Mr Crutcher had no weapon on him or in his vehicle. She's also the officer who shot him once, in the upper body - and who then radioed, "Shots fired".

Shelby has been placed on administrative leave. The officer joined the police force in 2011 and had worked for the county sheriff's department for four years before that, according to her attorney, who described her record as a clean one.

So even if Tulsa and the surrounding area are already beleaguered by cases of egregious, racially-charged police brutality, officials there are doing what they can to project optimism about achieving some measure of justice.

Damario Solomon-Simmons, Melvin C. Hall and civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump are representing the family.

Now federal and local authorities are investigating.

Officer 2: Yeah, I've got a feeling that's about to happen. "How many times do we have to see this in our country?"

"He's got his hands up there for her now", an officer could be heard saying in the video from the helicopter as it hovered overhead. "We don't need some more lives to be changed this way".

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