Friday, September 16th, an unarmed, father of four was fatally shot and killed by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His name was Terence Crutcher. The officers were responding to a call about a vehicle that was stalled in the middle of the road that evening. When they arrived, the police shot and killed Terence, when all he needed was help fixing his disabled car.
According to text messages that were sent to Terence’s twin sister Tiffany, Mr. Crutcher was one of the most loving, caring and hard working people in the world. He had recently enrolled in community college with every intent to finish strong by earning a degree. “I’m going to show you,” is what Terrence sent to a family member. ”I’m going to make you all proud.” Terence had no idea almost a month later he would fall victim to another police shooting and the brutality that has plagued our nation.
In such an unpromising circumstance, Crutcher was stripped of his ability to follow through with his prosperous life. Crutcher was unarmed and did not make any sudden movements. The Tulsa police held a press conference and Chief Chuck Jordan admitted the graphic video is “very disturbing” and “very difficult to watch.” He also said, “I want to assure our community and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation who are going to be looking at this, we will achieve justice, period.”
We hope justice is served for Terence’s family because enough is enough. Moving forward we want to let black men know that we value them, we love them, and that they matter. Show up to protests, know the law, use your voice, break the stereotype, and keep promoting positivity and justice.