Beyond The Badge: Police Shooting Death of Terence Crutcher

BTB #1This week, Vincent heads back to Harris County, OK to revisit the police shooting of Terence Crutcher. If you recall, Officer Betty Shelby was on the way to a domestic violence call when she came upon Crutcher, who had prior arrests for drugs and violence, standing in the middle of the road. After several ignored orders, Crutcher, who appeared to be under the influence of PCP, approached his vehicle and started to reach into the open window of his car, Shelby opened fire killing Crutcher because she believed he was reaching for a gun.

Officer Shelby is facing first degree manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Crutcher and faces four years to a life sentence in prison. This situation has sparked investigations by both local authorities and the State Department.

The issue at hand, once again, is the race card being played in this case. Officer Shelby, a white officer, shot and killed Terence Crutcher, a 40 year old black man.

Why is the argument that the shooting was racial motivated absurd? Vincent explains every step of this situation as well as Officer Shelby’s mindset.

Finally, as if traffic in Atlanta, GA wasn’t bad enough, enter Basil Eleby, a homeless man who singlehandedly destroyed an I-85 overpass by setting a fire causing the bridge to collapse. Eleby was seen smoking crack cocaine under the bridge when he loaded a plastic shopping cart with a sofa and place it by an area under the bridge where the DOT was storing spools of tubing for a project. He allegedly set the sofa on fire and the rest as they say is history. Luckily, no one was injured in the bridge collapse but the damage will take months, if not years, to rebuild on one of Atlanta’s busiest interstates.

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Vincent Hill, a former Nashville police officer, private investigator, author, and television law enforcement analyst, gained national notoriety following the Steve McNair/Sahel Kazemi murder suicide in Nashville on July 4th, 2009 and has authored two books, “Playbook For A Murder” and “Incomplete Pass,” on the subject after conducting his own investigations. He has also been a frequent contributor to Fox News Network, HLN, CNN, Al-Jazeera television, and has been featured on “True Crime with Aphrodite Jones” on Investigation Discovery.

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