Video: Motive for US cop to kill black man unknown

  • 20/09/2016
Video: Motive for US cop to kill black man unknown

Footage from a police helicopter has emerged proving that a black man was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a white cop in the US.

It is still a mystery as to why Oklahoma officer Betty Shelby fired her weapon at 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, as the footage doesn't make it clear what orders Mr Crutcher received from police.

Officers were reportedly just responding to a stalled vehicle when they came across Mr Crutcher.

In the video, he's filmed walking towards his SUV while holding his hands above his head, before placing his hands on the side of the car as three officers surround him.

The next thing that's seen is Mr Crutcher falling to the ground after being shocked with a stun gun, before he's killed by a bullet fired from Ms Shelby's firearm.

Earlier, the video captures an officer approaching the scene saying "that looks like a bad dude, too - probably on something", and ominously announcing it was "time for a Taser".

A police spokesperson told US media that Mr Crutcher had not been following the commands of officers.

Investigations are underway to work out whether any of Mr Crutcher's civil rights were violated.