Along with legal action, Ben Crump advocates in support of new laws and policy reforms that help us get justice on behalf of marginalized people in America. But he can't do it alone. Join Ben and take action today on high-profile cases and issues.
Daunte Wright was pulled over for a minor traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a suburb outside of Minneapolis, on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Seconds later, police officer Kim Potter fired her duty weapon at Daunte Wright at point-blank range, killing him.
She claimed she thought she was firing her taser, but let’s be clear: Daunte Wright’s killing was NO mistake. This was an intentional and unacceptable use of force when a simple ticket would have sufficed, but police too often forget the realities of life when you’re Driving While Black.
Tampa Lead Exposure
In March 2021, the Tampa Bay Times uncovered the horrors of a Tampa smelting plant, owned by Gopher Resource, that has exposed hundreds of its employees to lead poisoning at astronomical levels for many years. They say the lead in the air is so prevalent that it looks like a cloud of smoke looms over workers.
But the worst part is that employees may be unknowingly poisoning their children and families by tracking the lead-laced dust home on their clothing or shoes. These hardworking employees are simply trying to earn a living but are being seeped with toxins in the process.
Pamela Turner was walking through her apartment complex in Texas. Just a few moments later, she was tasered by Baytown Police ofc. Juan Delacruz.
Pamela Turner was unarmed, lying on the ground helplessly, and the officer was out of harm’s way. But Ofc. Delacruz STILL shot at Pamela EIGHT times while she was on her back.
Daisha Smalls was pumping gas with 1-year-old Legend in the backseat when an armed assailant jumped into Daisha’s car and pointed a gun at her face. Daisha screamed and hollered that her baby was in the car, but Houston police opened fire anyway, spraying bullets and hitting Legend in the HEAD.
Legend and his mom did absolutely nothing wrong, but because of the Houston officers’ “shoot now, think later” mentality, they will both suffer from the painful aftermath of these irresponsible officers’ actions. They knew this innocent Black woman’s baby was in the car, but they still fired.
George Floyd Family Support
The Floyd family is going through a very tough time and needs our help! Derek Chauvin’s murder trial started March 8th and will likely run for several weeks (or even months).
Each day of the trial is another day George’s family will have to relive his horrible death. The family needs to know we aren’t alone in this fight.
Christian Hall, a 19-year-old Chinese American teen, experienced a mental health emergency on December 30, 2020. Pennsylvania State Police were called and requested to help de-escalate the crisis.
Rather than providing aid or assistance, the troopers shot and killed Christian. His hands were up in the air as he stood on the SR-33 southbound overpass to I-80, posing no threat to the armed officers, when they wasted no time in ending his young life.
On Jan. 26, 2021, Deputy Ethan Fournier, a school resource officer for Liberty High School, brutally body-slammed Taylor Bracey, a 16-year-old Black girl. She lost consciousness upon hitting the school’s hard concrete floor.
Instead of rendering medical aid, Deputy Fournier handcuffed her unconscious body. There’s no excuse for his overzealous behavior, which could have killed Taylor. We will not tolerate these actions in our schools.
Civil justice movements have arisen in the past yet failed to produce lasting meaningful reform. Building trust between communities and police will require comprehensive change and a set of federal standards common to all law enforcement.
Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci have developed a comprehensive model for how we can create lasting police reform in America, including specific steps to increase professionalism in policing, create greater accountability and transparency, and establish specifications for hiring and training practices to create national standards for law enforcement.
Officer Derek Chauvin used tactics in violation of the Minneapolis Police Department’s policies. Chauvin pinned Mr. Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed against Mr. Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Video of the incident shows that Chauvin did not let up even when Mr. Floyd lost consciousness and could not possibly be construed as resisting.
The image of a white police officer’s knee pressing a black man’s neck until he could not breathe and eventually passed away has captured the attention of people across the nation, leading to protests in all 50 states and a nationwide demand for racial equality and justice.
After breaking into her home, police officers engaged in a shootout with Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, who claimed that he believed the police officers to be armed intruders. In an era in which killers like George Zimmerman have avoided justice using the “stand your ground” law, Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police officers who allegedly failed to announce themselves before breaking into her apartment.
After her boyfriend, who is licensed to carry a firearm, shot at what he suspected were burglars, according to NBC News, the unannounced police officers fired 20 rounds into the apartment, murdering Ms. Taylor.
Kenosha Police shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, multiple times in the back on August 23, 2020. His three young sons sat a few feet away and witnessed the entire incident.
The officers involved in this shooting clearly violated the Kenosha Police Department's Use of Force Policy, which says that "sworn personnel use only the amount of physical force reasonable and necessary to arrest, apprehend, or restrain a person."
Renowned Jazz musician Keyon Harrold and his 14-year-old son were assaulted at Arlo SoHo, an upscale New York City hotel on December 26, 2020.
Keyon Harrold Jr. will live with this trauma for life, the weight of racism on the shoulders of another generation. He deserves better than this treatment!
AJ Crooms and Sincere Pierce
On Friday, November 13th, Brevard County Deputy Santiago-Miranda fatally shot 16-year-old A.J. Crooms and 18-year-old Sincere Pierce, two Black teens who were terrified as Brevard Sheriff's deputies approached their car with guns drawn.
Police say they suspected the boys were driving a stolen car and had violated traffic laws. Since then, both of these claims have been found incorrect: AJ and Sincere were NOT driving a stolen car and followed all of the rules of the road.
On September 6, 2018, off-duty Dallas Police Department patrol officer Amber Guyger entered the Dallas, Texas, apartment of 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean and fatally shot him.
The fact that Guyger, a white police officer, shot and killed Jean, an unarmed black man, and was initially only charged with manslaughter, resulted in protests and accusations of racial bias.
Papa Renty was born in Africa and brought to South Carolina as a slave. Renty and his daughter, Delia, were forced to strip naked and pose for these dehumanizing photographs.
Today, Harvard uses the images for its own prestige and profit while denying its complicity in Agassiz’s terrible crimes. They also continue to celebrate Agassiz as a great scientist. Renty has been kept in captivity by Harvard for 169 years, used for Harvard’s benefit while being denied his own identity.
The late Ed Townsend co-wrote “Let’s Get It On” with Marvin Gaye. Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" have similarities that are undeniable.
The music industry has a long history of stealing intellectual property from Black artists. Sony Music and Ed Sheeran need to do the right thing and give credit where credit is due!