A person who reported Terence Crutcher’s stalled vehicle said the driver may’ve been “smoking something”. Now a report from the Tulsa World indicates that the drug PCP was found in Crutcher’s vehicle.
An attorney for the officer who fatally shot Crutcher, Betty Shelby, says her client thought the driver was acting like a person under the influence.
Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker confirmed Tuesday that a search of Crutcher’s vehicle revealed PCP.
It is too soon for a toxicology report that will be a part of the autopsy.
“If we started to condemn everybody to death who might have some drugs in their system, all our neighborhoods would be affected. And so we know that’s not correct,” said attorney Benjamin Crump at a press conference.
Crump was among four other attorneys representing Crutcher’s family during a press conference.
“Let us not be thrown a red herring and to say because something was found in the car that is justification to shoot him,” Crump said.
Attorney David Riggs, who represents the family, says regardless of whether drugs were involved, the officers didn’t act appropriately.
“You have to ask yourself what is the proper way to handle a situation where someone is acting in a strange way and perhaps not entirely in control of his emotions, mentality, mental state at that time,” Riggs said. “We can’t begin treating everyone in our society, whichever level they might be from, as someone who is a threat to the rest of us because they have a serious condition known as drug addiction.”
According to Tulsa police, Shelby fired the shot that killed Crutcher, while Tyler Turnbough deployed his taser.
An officer in a helicopter who arrives on the scene can be heard describing Crutcher, a pastor, as a “bad man” who appears to be “on something”.