Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, released video footage Monday that shows a white police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man who had his hands up.
"It's very difficult to watch," Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a news conference Monday.
Terence Crutcher, who was killed in the shooting, can be seen in helicopter footage walking away from officers with his hands up and toward his stalled SUV. The officers surrounded him, making it difficult to see his actions from the police dashboard camera's angle.
Crutcher drops to the ground once he gets to the driver's side door and is shocked by Officer Tyler Turnbough's stun gun. Then, the 40-year-old was fatally shot by an Officer Betty Shelby.
Crutcher died at the hospital later that night.
I'm going to tell you right here now there was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect's vehicle.
It is unclear from the footage what lead officer Shelby to fire the fatal shot.
According to ABC news, police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie said in earlier police briefings that Crutcher did not obey the officers' commands, but did not say what prompted police to shoot him.
Family calls for charges
Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, called for charges to be filed against the officer.
"You all want to know who that big, bad dude was? That big, bad dude was my twin brother," she said. "That big bad dude was a father. That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College just wanting to make us proud."
U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams told ABC News that the Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.
"The Justice Department is committed to investigating allegations of force by law enforcement officers and will devote whatever resources are necessary to ensure that all allegations of serious civil rights violations are fully and completely investigated," he told ABC News.
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