Middletown police chief Rodney Muterspaw shares outrage over shooting of Terence Crutcher

Posted at 7:21 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 09:53:31-04

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- Rodney Muterspaw is a police chief, but that didn't stop him from joining the public outrage over the latest deadly police shooting.

He took to Twitter to say this:

The Middletown chief was referring to an unarmed black man fatally shot by a white female officer Friday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Muterspaw told WCPO he brings 26 years experience in law enforcement to this issue.

He wrote: “Been in that situation 100x … communication, Taser, pepper spray … whatever it takes to protect life first.”

The video shows Crutcher had his hands over his head as he walked to his SUV, which he had abandoned on the road. It’s not clear what the interaction was like as he reached inside his SUV. But at that point the female officer fired one shot at him as another officer fired his Taser.

Later, police said they found no weapon on Crutcher or in his vehicle.

As the Justice Department looks into this use of force,  Muterspaw comments to people messaging him on Twitter.

"Life is precious man. Sorry we don't all agree. Compassion and empathy is eternally important. Just sick of seeing death & hate."

Muterspaw told us by phone that the number one mistake police make is not admitting it when they’ve made a mistake.