The family of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old Oklahoma man who was shot and killed Friday by police, is calling for charges against the officer who shot him.
Crutcher, who was unarmed, was approached by police after his car stalled near an intersection. Police said that when they arrived, the vehicle was blocking traffic.
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. Tulsa police said that when officers arrived, Crutcher approached them and failed to obey commands.
Officer Tyler Turnbough deployed a Taser, and Officer Betty Shelby fired her gun at Crutcher, killing him.
"We have all seen the ... video. It is extremely disturbing. We could not sleep last night, and without a doubt we believe this was an unjustified shooting that should not have occurred," Damario Solomon-Simmons, an attorney and family friend, said Monday at a news conference. "What we saw in the video -- we saw that Terence did not have a weapon. We saw that Terence did not make any sudden movements. We saw that Terence was not being belligerent. We did not see Terence reach into the car. We did not see Terence attacking the officers."
Attorney Melvin C. Hall said that in cases in which a person is fleeing from the law, "the police can use lethal force."
"Not applicable in this case," Hall said. "He was having some difficulty with his vehicle, and that's it."
"When Terence was shot, he was away from the officers. They were at a safe distance," Solomon-Simmons said.
Crutcher's twin sister, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, also spoke at the news conference.
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