Graphic video of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., in September quickly went viral, inspiring protests and a federal investigation to determine whether Crutcher’s civil rights were violated.
On Tuesday, autopsy results in the case were released and showed that Crutcher, who was unarmed, had PCP in his system at the time of his death.
BREAKING: Autopsy: Unarmed black man fatally shot last month by white Oklahoma police officer had PCP in system when he died.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 11, 2016
A vial of PCP had been found in Crutcher’s car, and an attorney for Betty Shelby, who fired the fatal gunshot, said his client believed from her drug recognition training that Crutcher might be under the influence of PCP.
The release of the autopsy report certainly doesn’t conclude the investigation, but it did rile plenty of observers who considered the findings irrelevant.
@AP so what?
— genefoxjr (@genefoxjr) October 11, 2016
@AP so this justifies the situation?? ??
— KMH (@Kmh220) October 11, 2016
— Matthew Blom (@GabAi_MattMobyB) October 11, 2016
@AP What does this have to do with anything!
— Dede R (@doseofdede) October 11, 2016
@AP if that autopsy can even be trusted.
— Victor Dewman (@DjWhutItDew) October 11, 2016
@AP would PCP allow him to spit bullets out of his mouth or something? I am struggling to find the relevance here.
— Doc Ock (@OckyJ83) October 11, 2016
@AP Wow AP reporters still remember how to write racialized "PCP-addled monster" stories from the 1980s!
— Jeremiah John (@JeremiahWJohn) October 11, 2016
@AP Being on PCP = death sentence? Where in the penal code is that?
— Judaaaahhhh (@jdrch) October 11, 2016
@AP Guess that's an executable offense now?
— Jason Lowery (@orneryMD81) October 11, 2016
BREAKING: @AP believes unarmed black man killed by police officer had it coming because there was PCP in his system when he was murdered.
— Charles Boyd (@charlesboyd) October 11, 2016
— Daniel Martin (@marti431uew) October 11, 2016
@AP does PCP attract unnecessary arms fire? Who fucking cares? Man was gunned down without cause. UNARMED. UNARMED. UNARMED.
— Show_Off (@JayPolzer) October 11, 2016
@AP let's focus on "unarmed" shall we?
— GetOffMyLawn (@bishopwsu) October 11, 2016
That still doesn't warrant an execution. And it doesn't take away from the fact that he had his arms up. @AP
— Dawn (@dawn9476) October 11, 2016
@AP does this this vindicate the cops? Why are they releasing this?
— Saundra (@BigSerenaVeeFan) October 11, 2016
@AP So? Were the police tested for steroids?
— Tom Richards (@4politics2) October 11, 2016
Critics of the police are quick to point out that the badge doesn’t make a person judge, jury, and executioner, though having a Twitter account apparently does.
@AP ……and that matters WHY? SHE KILLED HIM ON PURPOSE IN COLD BLOOD.
— shametra l. thomas (@iamshametral) October 11, 2016
@AP when he died? You mean when he was murdered? Or did we start executing people for being on drugs?
— Melissa Lynnette (@MelissaLynnette) October 11, 2016
@AP I don't know if I can believe a word you (AP) or the cops say. Say this is true. What does it matter? He was murdered. I hate this shit.
— Dee Porter (@DeePort28) October 11, 2016
@AP This isn't the Philippines where being on drugs means a public execution.
— Damien Ancayan (@DAncayan) October 11, 2016
— Greyson Kent (@GreysonKentxxx) October 11, 2016
@AP don't care keep the bitch that killed him in prison.
— Jennifer Marcum (@jennifermarcum4) October 11, 2016