Here's a List of 10 Things Black People Can Do to Prevent Getting Shot and Killed by Police

Terence Crutcher
Terence Crutcher

As someone who has to pay attention to social media as part of her job, whenever I see a person's name as a hashtag on Twitter, there's always some trepidation when it comes to clicking it. On Monday evening, I saw #TerenceCrutcher and assumed it had to deal with Monday-night football. But within seconds of clicking the name, my heart dropped, again. Again, another black person killed by the police.


Tulsa, Okla., police released dashcam footage of the incident that led to Crutcher's death on Saturday. So what exactly was Crutcher doing before police shot and killed him? Raising his hands and walking to his car. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was the culprit. And after she shot Crutcher, the vultures then gathered around his body and subsequently walked away.

Police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie said Crutcher failed to comply with demands and reached into his car, but upon watching the footage, it's clear to see he did not reach into his car. No weapons were found. But interestingly enough, in the video footage, you can hear the pilot in the police helicopter saying of Crutcher, “Looks like a bad dude, too … might be on something."

Yeah, he was on something, all right. Education. Crutcher was on his way home from attending classes at a local community college when his SUV broke down on the side of the road. Funny, when I see white people with disabled cars on the side of the road, the police are there to help.

With all of that said, here's a simple list of 10 things black people can do in order to prevent getting shot and killed by police.

  1. Nothing
  2. Nothing
  3. Nothing
  4. Nothing
  5. Nothing
  6. Nothing
  7. Nothing
  8. Nothing
  9. Nothing
  10. Nothing

Complying obviously doesn't work. Remember Philando Castile? He became a hashtag after being shot in his car by police while his girlfriend posted the incident on Facebook Live.


My son has finally reached driving age. And although currently he can only drive with an adult in the car, once November arrives, he will be able to drive alone. I've lectured him several times already on what to do when he's pulled over. But the truth of the matter is, there's nothing black people can do to prevent cops from killing them.

Now, other people? They can shoot up church parishioners. They can plant bombs and exploding devices. And live to tell the tale. Must. Be. Nice.


So while Officer Shelby is home on administrative leave, still collecting a paycheck, Crutcher's family is planning a funeral—because he did absolutely nothing and was still slain by cops.