On Monday (September 19), video footage documenting the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher began making its rounds online.
As more details developed, it was released that the 40-year-old father was in fact unarmed and was shot by officer Betty Shelby, who claimed that Crutcher was behaving erratically and was resistanting police orders. Video footage of Crutcher with his hands in the air show that this is not the case.
Terence Crutcher was attending to his stalled SUV over the weekend when he was approached by police officers and events escalated, tragically leading to his death.
As celebrities and rappers alike take to social media to voice their condolences and frustration in the matter, many are pointing out that news of yet another innocent Black man dying at the hands of police comes just days after a man was suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey but was apprehended without being fatally shot, as well as while the nation continues to be upset by the peaceful protest of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Meek Mill, for one example, was outraged by the contrasting situations, taking to Instagram to share a passionate reaction in all capital letters, while T.I. pointed out that “America continues to remind US this ain’t OUR country.”
Check out some reactions from the hip-hop community regarding the unjust killing of Terence Crutcher in the posts below.
As sad as this is it happens so much it's hard to be surprised or outraged to police all other races even blk ppl it's just another dead black man police kill us we kill us everybody want us dead it seem like I dnt think this will ever change no matter what we do cause I don't think enough ppl will ever care the blk man will always be the villain in Americas eyes
To all law enforcement around the country, YOUR SILENCE IS SICKENING!!! #TerenceCrutcher was MURDERED!!— King Push (@PUSHA_T) September 20, 2016
And all of you "good policemen/women" are being too quiet... #TerenceCrutcher was murdered!! Do you not agree?? Why so silent?— King Push (@PUSHA_T) September 20, 2016
I JUST SEEN A TERRORIST SURVIVE A SHOOTOUT WITH THE POLICE AFTER BLOWING SOME SHIT UP AND LATER ON THAT DAY A BLACK MAN SHOT DOWN FOR NO REASON AT ALL! "I NEVER BELIEVED IN AMERICA" THE LAND WHERE THEY WILL TAKE YA HOUSE AND PUT YOUR KIDS OUT ON THE STREETS FOR SOME OWED TAX MONEY..... WHERE THEY GIVING OUT 30 YEARS SENTENCES FOR NON VIOLENT CRIMES TO MOSTLY BLACK OFFENDERS " I DONT THINK I WILL EVER VOTE,THAT STUFF NEVER FELT LIKE IT WAS FOR ME OR MY PEOPLE FROM WHERE THEY GIVE POOR PEOPLE MILLION DOLLAR BAILS AND SAY INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!! FROM WHERE THEY SAY FREEDOM OF SPEECH BUT WILL GIVE YOU A 100 YEARS ABOUT A PHONE CONVERSATION WHERE THE WORLD EQUAL DOSENT EXSIST! THEY JUST TOOK MY FRIEND FREEDOM FOR SMOKING WEED ON PROBATION....... AND THIS COP THAT KILLED THIS MAN/FATHER GOING HOME TO BED TONIGHT?????
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