Tulsa Police, City Leaders Ask For Calm After Terence Crutcher Shooting Death

Monday, September 19th 2016, 3:09 pm
By: News On 6

City leaders asked that any protests in the wake of the police shooting death of Terence Crutcher be peaceful.

At a news conference on the afternoon of Monday, September 19, 2016, Police Chief Chuck Jordan said the shooting will be thoroughly investigated and that nothing would be swept under the rug.

Jordan said he grew up in the 1960s and said he welcomes protests. He said he understands that protesting is an important tool for people with grievances.

The news conference took place shortly after the conclusion of a news conference held by the family of Terence Crutcher and its attorneys. Crutcher's twin sister, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, demanded the officer who shot her brother face criminal charges.

9/19/2016: Related Story: Terence Crutcher Family Demanding Tulsa Officer Be Charged In Death

At the news conference held by city leaders, Tulsa County District Attorney said his office will review police reports and evidence from the investigation to determine whether it should file any charges against Officer Betty Shelby.

Kunzweiler said because it's an active investigation, it would be improper for him or any other law enforcement official to comment on the specifics of the case.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and City Councilor Jack Henderson also spoke at the news conference and also called for any protests to be peaceful. Henderson asked that citizens stand together, but not allow things to erupt in Tulsa the way they have in other cities.

Bartlett said he's been in contact with Governor Mary Fallin and said she offered the city any resources it needs to handle the investigation. 

Also at the news conference, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said the federal government will conduct a separate investigation into the incident.