Black pastor Terence Crutcher posed no threat to police who fatally shot him, say lawyers

( – Lawyers acting for the family of Terence Crutcher, the black pastor fatally shot by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have said he posed no imminent threat despite claims by police that he was reaching into his vehicle.

The shooting of Crutcher by Officer Betty Shelby after his SUV broke down on Friday, was the latest in a series of fatal shootings that have raised questions of racial bias in US policing.

Two police videos of the Tulsa shooting that have been broadcast widely since their release on Monday have stoked the debate, with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton calling the contents “unbearable.”

A lawyer for Shelby has said she acted because she feared for her life, believing Crutcher was reaching into his vehicle for a weapon.

Tulsa police have said that he was unarmed, there was no weapon in the vehicle, and released the videos showing he had his hands in clear view before he was shot.