Trevor Noah responds to Terence Crutcher shooting: "It seems extremely easy to get shot by police in America"

"He doesn't even have a hoodie on," Noah said of the unarmed black man fatally shot by police in Tulsa last week

Brendan Gauthier
September 22, 2016 4:01PM (UTC)

"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah on Wednesday responded to the fatal police shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma — video of which was released on Monday.

"It looks cut and dried to me," Noah said of the footage. "But the truth is, I wasn't there. None of us were there .... We don't know what happened before the video, we don't know what the cop expected when they got there, we don't know if the guy was on drugs or wasn't on drugs."


"What we do know is this," he continued. "It seems extremely easy to get shot by police in America, which is not right."

The footage, from a police helicopter, features audio of officers saying that Crutcher "looks like a bad dude," moments before he's shot, which Noah attributed to racial stereotyping of black men.

"What exactly about that man looks bad to you from all the way up there in your helicopter?" he said. "He's not holding a weapon, his hands are up, he doesn't even have a hoodie on — isn't that the international sign for bad dude?"

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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