Posted: 7:09 pm Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
The fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher by a Tulsa police officer has not only drawn the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice, but also of lawmakers in both parties in the Congress, as they joined in demanding answers about Crutcher’s death.
“His life mattered,” said Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY).
— Charles Rangel (@cbrangel) September 20, 2016
That same quote was used by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, as she said the Justice Department was right to get involved in the shooting.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 20, 2016
Others also chimed in on Twitter:
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 20, 2016
— John Conyers (@RepJohnConyers) September 20, 2016
Terrence Crutcher's death is an outrage. We've seen far too many people, often African Americans, unarmed, shot and killed by police.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 20, 2016
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) September 20, 2016
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) September 19, 2016
Deeply saddened by tragic loss of life in Tulsa. Pleased to see an independent investigation will step in. #TerenceCrutcher
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) September 20, 2016
Sen. Scott is notable – he is the only black Republican in the Congress.
The issue also found its way into the race for President, as Hillary Clinton tweeted about it as well.
Another unarmed Black man was shot in a police incident. This should be intolerable. We have so much work to do. #TerenceCrutcher -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 20, 2016
“This should be intolerable,” Clinton wrote.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.