Al Sharpton Holds News Conference With Terence Crutcher Family
TULSA, Oklahoma - Protests continue Wednesday after the officer-involved shooting death of Terence Crutcher Friday night. Those calls to action are going beyond Oklahoma borders.
The Reverend Al Sharpton held a news conference with Crutcher's parents and sister. They are calling for a National Day of Justice in Tulsa next Tuesday, September 27.
Sharpton said he will be in Tulsa for the event. He said nothing will be done "out of the spirit of what this family stands for."
"We demand immediate justice," he said at the news conference. "Justice delayed is justice denied."
Both Crutcher's father and sister, the Rev. Joey Crutcher and Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, spoke at the event as did attorneys representing the family. Leanna Crutcher, Terence's mother, was also present.
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Sharpton tweeted late Tuesday night "in meeting planning a National Day of Justice in Tulsa." Sharpton says Crutcher's father asked him to come to Tulsa to help the family get justice.
Crutcher's father was interviewed on Sharpton's radio show Tuesday night. Sharpton said he plans to release more information after more concrete plans are made.
In meeting planning a National Day of Justice in Tulsa. I hope the words the victim's father said on my show is heard and adhered to— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) September 21, 2016
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also called attention to the officer-involved shooting in Tulsa on her Twitter account:
Presidential candidate Donald Trump called the fatal shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte tragic on his Twitter account:
The situations in Tulsa and Charlotte are tragic. We must come together to make America safe again.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2016
Protesters in Tulsa are calling for the same thing, saying Crutcher didn't cause any harm to the officers.
"Everybody know that when you walk toward the police, they tell you 'walk back to your car and put your hands on your car.' He did exactly what he was told to do," one protestor said.
Several churches are coming together for what they're calling a vigil for justice from 6 to 8 p.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church.