Auburn Seminary Executive Vice President Rev. John Vaughn Responds to the Police Shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa


September 20, 2016

Contact: Aimee Thunberg ([email protected] or 212-370-3184)

Auburn Seminary Executive Vice President Rev. John Vaughn Responds To The Police Shooting Of Terence Crutcher In Tulsa

On September 16, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by the Tulsa Police Department.  A video released yesterday (September 19) showed that Crutcher had his hands over his head when the shooting happened and no crime had been committed.

“I feel great sadness and outrage at the recent shooting of Terence Crutcher,” said the Rev. John Vaughn, Executive Vice President of Auburn Seminary.  “To his family, I would say that your son and your brother were our son and brother, and that we are with you in your moment of grief.”

“Today, I am thinking of the prophet Amos of the Bible who calls forth justice for those who are the victims of systematic oppression which opposes God’s vision for this world.  Amos was angry and I am angry,” continued Rev. Vaughn.  “All of us — including the Tulsa Police Department — must be outraged that this can happen in America.  The police officers responsible held accountable.”

“Amos also told the governments of his time that, if you continue to oppress the people, there will be consequences. The killing of Black people must stop if the deep distrust of law enforcement, anger, and unrest is to ever stop.”


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