Cops release video of officer shooting gun-wielding black man; NAACP blames ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ mentality

The president of the Tulsa, Okla., NAACP chapter has called the recent shooting of a gun-wielding black man by a white police officer evidence of a “shoot first and ask questions later” attitude within the police force.

The man, 21-year-old Terrance Walker, showed up at the Old Agency Baptist Church where his ex-girlfriend and other guests were attending a wedding, according to NewsOK.com.

WARNING: Video contains some graphic content

“He’s here with a gun,” Pastor A.H. Jones said on a 911 call. “I need a police officer because I got to stop this. I got a whole bunch of people here, and I don’t need nobody hurt.”

Officer Chansey McMillian showed up at the scene where he met Walker in the parking lot. The incident started off calmly as McMillian began to search Walker for weapons. The officer told Walker, who seemed tense, to relax just before Walker broke away.

The foot chase led down a rural street, where the video cam showed Walker drop something – apparently a gun – pick it up, then for a split second, take aim at the officer. Knowing Walker was armed, McMillian fired five times at Walker, who drops to the ground.

Muskogee police Sgt. Michael Mahan released the video to the public, in the name of transparency.

“We believe this will help lessen speculation in the community as to what took place,” Mahan said. “We want to explain to people exactly what happened.”

Jones, who witnessed the shooting, would not condemn the officer, according to the report.

“That’s a hard thing. The officer knew he had a weapon,” Jones said. When he turned toward the officer, no question the officer felt threatened. So each man has to make their own judgment.”

But Pleas Thompson, who heads the local NAACP, feels the officer could have avoided the shooting, according to KTUL.com.

“Police, as well as elected officials, have to be more sensitive that you know there is this mentality out there of ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ and I think emphasis should be placed on trying to take those people alive,” he said.

The video cam will play a large part to determine what exactly happened, and the widespread use of them could be a boon in helping the public understand what the police are confronted with on a daily basis.

“It is our belief that the video clearly shows the suspect pointing the gun at the officer,” Mahan said.

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53 thoughts on “Cops release video of officer shooting gun-wielding black man; NAACP blames ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ mentality

  1. sluggo1488 says:

    Another black man needlessly gunned down in the prime of his life. He was trying to turn his life around….He was thinking about going to college. What a travesty.

    1. truthbroker says:

      Sad if true. The first thing he needed to turn around was his possession of a firearm. If he had priors, he was probably in parole violation status.

      1. sluggo1488 says:

        Wow…..seriously?

        1. truthbroker says:

          Yes. Seriously. What would you tell him if he sat down with you and asked you, sincerely, what his first step should be to turn his life around and become part of the solution because he was tired of being part of the problem? And I say that not because he’s Black, but because he had a gun. My comments are color neutral. It was the gun and his mentality concerning its use that got him killed.

          If my suggestion is not a “serious” one, give us one that is.

  2. Beeotchstewie says:

    It is plain and simple. If you confront a police officer with a weapon as this thug did, expect to get shot. The NAACP would never try to put themselves in the officer’s shoes. When a gun gets pointed at you, you shoot first or you get shot. The perp did a stupid thing and paid the price for it. All he had to do was comply with the officer in the first place.

  3. disqus_6npiJ7fVP4 says:

    If there is this mentality out there of ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ then perhaps you SHOULDN’T walk around illegally armed, run from police, drop your gun, and most importantly, PICK IT UP AND AIM IT AT A COP…

    1. truthbroker says:

      I agree. “Shoot first and ask questions later” is a stale cliche used by extremists; pro-gun nutjobs and true anti-gun nutjobs, a.k.a. PC libtards. It does not apply to well-trained, rational LEOs and licensed open or CCW gun carriers when the perp is pointing a loaded, cocked gun at you. I don’t give a $hit if the perp’s running away; in this case he’s still looking back at the LEO, taking aim with a loaded, cocked gun. That’s a legitimate threat on the LEO’s life, and he is justified to use whatever force it takes to eliminate the threat.

      People forget how simple this really is. There is no Black and White argument here. So what the color of anybody? What happened to the rant that we’re “all the same under the skin”? What a bunch of BS that turned out to be. Thanks, Al and your buddy O,bummer.

  4. disqus_6npiJ7fVP4 says:

    Good shoot. You need to reload at your first opportunity though,,,

  5. disqus_6npiJ7fVP4 says:

    I’m surprised he didn’t point his gun at the guy who walked up immediately after the shooting. That guy was an idiot.

    1. truthbroker says:

      Yea, I was thinking that, too. But, I was trained that you only aim your weapon at whatever you plan to destroy. Aiming at the bystander would not have been the right thing to do, unless the bystander went ballistic and turned into a threat to the officer’s life; then he becomes just another perp, so I commend the officer for just screaming at the observer and urging the dispatcher to hurry up the back-up units. And, didn’t the bystander actually back up after being screamed at for, albeit, a lot?

  6. Joe says:

    The officer CLEARLY shot this young man in the BACK as he ran. What an EFFING coward.

    1. Mike L says:

      You can’t be that ignorant. I guess you can be if you watched that and came away with this. He pointed the gun as he picked it up and shots were done before he started running. Just like Ferguson, don’t let facts get in the way of a good story.

      1. Joe says:

        He shot the guy IN THE BACK as he was RUNNING AWAY. Are you that much of a simpleton to not realize that? Yep, just like Ferguson, you naive ignorant azzes believe cops can do whatever they want regardless of the circumstances.

        1. truthbroker says:

          So pick, choose, and manufacture the facts as you like, and forget the rest so you can make a racist argument out of it. You liberal race-baiters are all alike.

          Listen to the tape again, or maybe for the first time. The perp dropped his GUN, picked the GUN up again as he was running from the LEO, cocked the GUN, as one LEO said it was when they secured it, and determined that the GUN was loaded. The LEO who shot him stated that the perp then aimed the LOADED, COCKED, GUN at the LEO.

          That action on the part of the PERP signals an immediate threat on the LEO’s life, to which he is justified in responding with force sufficient to eliminate the threat.

          Now, PC libtard, read what I wrote again and see if you see the words Black and White in there anywhere. The perp acted like a perp and the LEO acted like an LEO. Both performed their roles PERFECTLY. So get over it.

          1. Joe says:

            Yes, he was RUNNING from the LEO when he was shot IN THE BACK!! I don’t give a dammm if he had a gun on his person. From the video we see: (1) he did not aim his gun at the Cop or anyone else, (2) he was RUNNING from the COP when he was shot, (3) he was not causing any “fear for the cop’s life”.
            We DON’T KNOW if the gun was ACTUALLY cocked or loaded – it’s what the COP said. So once again, you have to BELIEVE the word of the COPS in order to BELIEVE the gun was in the “ready” to shoot position. Because from the video all we see is a COP gunning down a FLEEING suspect.
            I would expect you CONSERVATIVES to believe whatever makes the COP appear innocent. It’s in your nature to be ignorant and remain ignorant.

          2. truthbroker says:

            You see the video through glasses that tell you what you want to see so you can make your argument. That’s called distortive fantasy.

        2. Mike L says:

          Doesn’t look like the back to me. He did what any cop in his right mind would do.

  7. Adriene Castellanos says:

    One less ahole in the prison system. So tired of funding these places so jack offs can harm others and as a “reward” are guaranteed to have three meals and a cot (library, gym, and all other amenities) while elderly can barely afford to eat and pay bills and veterans go homeless..

  8. truthbroker says:

    OK, I get it. The LEO is supposed to holster his weapon and “build a relationship” with the perp, while the perp is blasting away at the officer. And if the relationship building doesn’t work because the officer is now dead, oh well. He tried, and that’s what he’s supposed to do.

    REALLY?

    When your life is threatened, I don’t care who you are, you shoot to eliminate the threat. Period. Arguing that “Shoot first, ask questions later” does not apply when there is an immediate threat to your life. Don’t even go there.

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