A Kansas City police officer has come under fire after writing that the killing of Terence Crutcher at the hands of a Tulsa cop was a ‘good shot’.
Donald Ebert wrote that Crutcher should have ‘dropped the entitlement card and listened the first time’ before he was shot to death by Officer Betty Shelby.
Ebert’s Facebook comment appeared under a CBS article about Crutcher’s death and was spotted by the Ida B. Wells Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality in Kansas City.
The coalition posted a screenshot of the comment on its own Facebook page along with grabs from Ebert’s own Facebook page.
‘Please call the KCPD and ask that they provide you with Officer Donald Ebert’s personal mailing address so that you may write him a letter regarding his statements about Terence Crutcher,’ the coalition’s post read.
One of the pictures was a note Ebert posted in July, shortly after five officers were gunned down in Dallas, that he said he received along with a ‘blue bag of goodies’ while working.
‘Dear officer, Thank you for putting on your badge, coming to work and protecting the city with grade, honor and dignity today,’ the note read.
‘For you truly are the Sheepdog, defenders of the innocent in their hour of need. We see you.’
The other grab shows Ebert’s profile photo and his cover photo, a picture of Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s campaign plane.
Capt Stacey Graves confirmed Ebert was an officer with the Kansas City Police Department.
She added that the department has a social media policy and that it is aware of Ebert’s Facebook comment.
‘We are…currently investigating for potential officer misconduct,’ Graves told the Kansas City Star.
The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office officially ruled on Friday that Crutcher’s death was a homicide.
A preliminary report states that the 40-year-old victim died from ‘a penetrating gunshot wound of chest.’
Shelby, 42, was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter in Crutcher’s September 16 death.
An affidavit from District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler’s office said the officer, who has been on the force in Tulsa for nearly five years, ‘reacted unreasonably’ when she opened fire on Crutcher, who did not have a gun when his car stalled in the middle of the street.
An attorney for Shelby has said the officer believed Crutcher was high on the hallucinogenic drug PCP, and a police spokesman later confirmed the drug was found in the man’s SUV.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign benefiting Crutcher’s four children has drawn more than $157,000 in donations as of Friday afternoon.
The initial goal of the fundraiser, launched by the law firm representing Crutcher’s family, had been $175,000, but it has since been raised to $200,000.
The charges against the Shelby were filed just days after the release of dashcam and aerial footage, 911 calls and police radio traffic.
Two videos — one from a police helicopter and the other from another officer’s dashboard camera – showed Crutcher walking with his hands in the air toward his stopped SUV.
Shelby, who remains free on $50,000 bond, has not spoken publicly about the shooting.
Her attorney, Scott Wood, claims Crutcher repeatedly ignored Shelby’s commands and did not respond to her questions.
The attorney said the officer drew her handgun after Crutcher walked toward the police car’s passenger side and started to put his hand in his left pocket.
Another officer arrived and drew his stun gun, the lawyer said, adding that the stun gun and handgun were fired simultaneously because both officers perceived the same threat.
Wood said Crutcher’s head was tilted but his eyes were on Shelby. She opened fire when Crutcher’s ‘left hand goes through’ the SUV window, he said.
An affidavit alleges that Shelby became ‘emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted’ and escalated the situation with Crutcher.
Crutcher’s family and their attorneys say the video clearly shows Crutcher wasn’t threatening the officers.
The attorneys also provided an enlarged photo from the police footage that appears to show the SUV’s window rolled up and stained with blood, which would contradict Shelby’s claim that Crutcher was reaching inside his vehicle.