A recently released body camera video showed Officer Chansey McMillin shooting and killing Terence Walker near a church on Jan. 17 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Walker had allegedly threatened a woman inside the church. When McMillin arrived at the church parking lot, Walker refused a pat down and ran off on a nearby street. McMillin gave chase and fatally shot Walker. A handgun was reportedly found on Walker.
Pleas Thompson, the president of the NAACP chapter in Tulsa, believes McMillin could have avoided shooting Walker, who was running away.
"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," Thompson told News 8.
In response, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told "Fox & Friends" from Wisconsin on Jan. 27 that the real problem wasn't police officers shooting black men, but rather "father-absent homes," noted RawStory.com (video below).
“So, the discussion we need to be having and the NAACP can lead it, and stay off the police, is why is the stuff happening, and what are we going to do about it,” claimed Clarke. “The No. 1 cause of this, Brian, is father-absent homes. So what are we going to do in terms of having more effective parenting, more role modeling, more engaged fathers in the lives of these young black men so that we don’t have this behavior. The behavior is what we need to be talking about.”
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade told Clarke that Walker’s mother claimed the police officer didn't have to shoot her son.
“Well, what did his dad say?” replied Clarke. “You know, we always hear what his mom says. You know, look, mom loves her son, we all get that. But shoot first and ask questions later, anytime a law enforcement officer is in a situation where a gun is introduced by a suspect, yeah, it’s shoot first, stop the threat, and then ask questions later.”
Kilmeade said he hoped Americans "aren't starting to question everything you guys do because that's a very dangerous place when we have trouble trusting law enforcement from sea to shining sea."