candlelight vigil marks the fifth anniversary of Terence Crutcher’s death | Local News


Earlier Thursday, Tiffany Crutcher and other civil rights activists announced that they had sent a letter to the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice asking them to reopen their investigation into the death of Terence Crutcher.

The letter was sent by Solomon Simmons law firm in Tulsa.

“We ask them to take another look because we know that the last administration had neither the desire nor the commitment to examine cases of shootings involving officers or even civil rights issues,” said Tiffany Crutcher. “They kind of pushed the Civil Rights Division back, and so we just don’t feel, in a lot of cases, that they looked good.”

Former President Donald Trump’s Justice Department refused to press charges against former Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby, who shot Crutcher on September 16, 2016. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office charged her first-degree manslaughter in state court. Eight months later, in May 2017, a jury found her not guilty.

The letter also calls on the Ministry of Justice to launch an investigation into alleged racist practices and patterns within the Tulsa Police Department.

“We honor our commitment to this fight and hope that we will continue to push for change,” said Crutcher. “I hope we can sit down with the chief of police and the mayor and try to get things done on police reform.”


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