Benjamin Crump to visit Cocoa, calls for Justice Department investigation into ‘justifiable’ shootings

Civil right attorney disagrees with state attorney’s decision

Benjamin Crump holding up the program from AJ Crooms' funeral.
Benjamin Crump holding up the program from AJ Crooms' funeral. (Malcolm Denemark, Florida Today)

COCOA, Fla. – Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said he’ll be visiting Brevard on Friday for a press conference aimed at asking the U.S. Justice Department to review the deputy-involved shooting of two Cocoa teens.

“It’s very significant because I have a lot of family in Brevard County,” Crump told News 6 partner Florida Today. “It’s coming back to your base, to fight a battle we’re fighting all over the country, in different states.”

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Crump and his counselor Steven Hart, along with attorney Natalie Jackson, represent the families of the two Cocoa teens and will be arriving in Cocoa, fresh from a court victory in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The move to have the Justice Department review the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the state attorney’s handling of the Cocoa shooting case could also expand into a probe of the policies, procedures and culture of the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office has been at the center of several cases that have drawn national attention in recent years. Wednesday, the Justice Department announced it would carry out a similar probe of the Minneapolis police department where several controversial police-involved shooting cases have taken place.

Crump represents the family of George Floyd, whose death sparked nationwide unrest and galvanized calls for justice and police reform.