Video by Tulsa World
Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network lead a march and rally in Tulsa, Okla. on Tuesday for a “National Prayer Call for Justice March” for police shooting victim Terence Crutcher.
Crutcher’s family, along with their attorneys Benjamin Crump and Damario Solomon Simmons, joined Shaprton at the rally.
“What has happened is the justice system broke down again, this time on a road in Tulsa,” Sharpton said. “We come to Tulsa as repairmen, not to fix the car but to fix the broken system that keeps breaking down.”
Demonstrators marched from the Greenwood Cultural Center to Tulsa City Hall about a mile away. The Cultural Center is located in the area where the historic 1921 Tulsa race massacre took place that killed as many as 300 Black people and left over 800 injured.
A rally also took place at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in the evening.
Crutcher, 40, was killed by a Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby on September 16 after Crutcher’s car was stalled and someone called 911 to report his vehicle in the middle of the street blocking traffic. Dash cam video shows that Crutcher had his hands up when he was tased and Shelby fired. He was unarmed.
Funeral services for Crutcher were held on Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church. Reports indicate the service was attended by around 750 people.
Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter and the shooting was later labeled a homicide. She was released on $50,000 bond.