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Racism: Police Officer Shoots Unarmed Black Pastor (Video)


The fatal shooting by a white police officer of an unarmed black man with his hands raised has been described as "difficult to watch" by the police chief who released footage of the killing.

Pastor died in hospital on Friday from a single shot fired by officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She opened fire after the 40-year-old was initially tasered by another cop on the scene.

Pastor Terence Crutcher with his twin Tiffany

In an attempt to appease growing anger in the community, police chief Chuck Jones assured residents justice would be served.

Before releasing the video today, he said: “I’m going to tell you right now, there was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle

“I want to assure our community and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation watching this: We will achieve justice.”

He added he found the video “very disturbing, very difficult to watch.”

In this image made from a Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 police video, Terence Crutcher, center, is pursued by police officers as he walk to an SUV in Tulsa, Okla.

The pastor is seen with his hands in the air

Police, who had been called to his broken down SUV, has initially said Crutcher refused their commands to raise his hands and later reached inside the vehicle.

However, footage shot from a police car as well as a police helicopter shows him with his hands in the air when as he was spoken to by officers.

At one point a policeman is heard saying he had his hands in the air.

This undated photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby

"He's got his hands up there for her now," an officer could be heard saying in the video from the helicopter as it hovered overhead.

"Time for a Taser, I think," another officer said as the four officers pointed their weapons toward Cutcher from a few feet away.