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A Few Hundred Follow Sharpton in Demonstration Over Terence Crutcher's Death

Protesters demanding justice for Terence Crutcher march to Tulsa's city hall.

The demonstration is part of a day of justice called for last week by Crutcher's family, their attorneys and Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton was on hand to lead the march. He praised Tulsa police for releasing video of the shooting but said there are two more steps to take.

"We need to know why all of the police there — what is going to be the disciplinary action there? I want to know what is going to be done for his four children," Sharpton said.

There's been criticism of Sharpton's involvement in the wake of Crutcher's death. State Rep. Regina Goodwin welcomed his presence.

"The wheels of justice sometimes turn slowly, and when you have experience and when you have folks that care and folks that can bring to the table what needs to be brought to the table, we need anybody to come into this town that is about justice," Goodwin said.

Faith and community leaders addressed the crowd and led chants of "hands up, don't shoot" until Sharpton arrived to lead the demonstration. Tiffany Crutcher was among the speakers and reminded protesters to be peaceful. Tiffany said the protest is in no way anti-cop, but they must fight back against bad cops.

"For my brother, my twin brother. For his children. For my parents. For everybody that died before him," Tiffany said. "And we're going to stop it today, so hands up, don't shoot. Let's go to war."

A few hundred of protesters made the peaceful, three-quarter mile walk from the Greenwood Cultural Center.

Betty Shelby, the officer who shot Crutcher, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter. She is free on bond.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.