Getting news from 60 Minutes is like getting news from the village idiot, as shown by its ludicrous segment on Terence Crutcher.
Last night, 60 Minutes devoted two segments to the Terence Crutcher shooting. As you may recall, in September 2016, Betty Shelby, a police officer in Tulsa, came upon a running SUV abandoned in the middle of the road, with the driver’s side window open. She then saw walking towards her — and the SUV — a large black man whom she’d noticed before.
The man, like the SUV, had been standing in the middle of the road, with his mental motor barely running. His affect was enough to concern Shelby at the time but, because he seemed harmless, she ignored him, although the thought of drug use was high on her list of explanations for his behavior. With the man heading towards the SUV, though, the connection between him and the SUV concerned her because neither boded well in a dangerous part of Tulsa.
When Shelby approached the man, who was later identified as Terence Crutcher, he refused to respond to her. Instead, after initially putting his hands in the air, even though she hadn’t asked him to, he started reaching for his pocket. Shelby’s training and instincts told her that he might be reaching for a weapon. She therefore took out her gun, pointed it at him, and repeatedly ordered him to keep his hands out of his pockets and to stop moving.
Crutcher completely ignored Shelby. Both a dashboard cam and a helicopter cam show him heading relentlessly towards the open driver’s side window of his SUV. As he was walking, another patrol man pulled up and, since Shelby had a gun, he pulled out his taser. It was his dashboard cam that caught the last few seconds of Crutcher’s life:
By the time Crutcher reached the SUV’s door, he was no longer visible to the helicopter cam. He was, however, still visible on the dashboard cam. In the last second of Crutcher’s life, before Shelby and the other cop obscure the dash cam, what one sees is Crutcher bending forward slightly towards the window, with his shoulder’s dropping. At that moment, Shelby shoots him, hitting him in his chest. He drops, although nobody immediately moves to treat him. Instead, you can see the police back away slowly while still pointing their weapons at someone they deem a potential danger, as well as taking defensive positions in case anyone else is around.