FAMU hosts Classic Tailgate ahead of Florida Classic football game
ORLANDO, Fla. — Get ready to enjoy some fun times before the big matchup this weekend. The Florida A&M University College of Law will host the Classic Tailgate on Saturday, Nov. 19. Read: Orlando job market still hotter than average, but expected to slowAlumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends of FAMU can listen to music and make memories on the FAMU campus in Orlando. The Florida Classic game will see FAMU face Bethune Cookman University in the anticipated match of the season. Watch the video below for last weekend’s Florida Classic:Video: What you need to know about this weekend's Florida Blue Florida Classic The nation’s largest football game between two Historically Black College/University (HBCU) schools will take place in Orlando this weekend.wftv.com
Condition of Texas teen shot eating hamburger 'touch and go'
A teen shot by a San Antonio police officer as he ate a hamburger in his car three weeks ago is still hospitalized and his condition remains “very touch and go,” his father said Tuesday in the family’s first public comments since the shooting. Cantu was shot on Oct. 2 by Officer James Brennand in a McDonald's parking lot. In body camera footage released by police, Brennand opens the car door and tells Cantu to get out. Police have said that although registration plates didn’t match the vehicle Cantu was operating, the car itself was not stolen. Crump said the Bexar County district attorney told the family that the officer was looking for a Hispanic teen with a bowl haircut and he profiled Cantu.wftv.com
Louisiana woman denied abortion wants 'vague' ban clarified
— (AP) — A pregnant Louisiana woman who was denied an abortion — even though her fetus has a rare and fatal condition — demanded on Friday that Gov. Nancy Davis, who is 15 weeks pregnant, said she will travel out of state next week for a “medically necessary” abortion. A state law currently in effect bans all abortions except if there is substantial risk of death or impairment to the woman if she continues her pregnancy and in the case of “medically futile” pregnancies. Plaintiffs challenging the ban don't deny the state can now prohibit abortions; they argue that the law's provisions are contradictory and unconstitutionally vague. While Davis has not filed a complaint or lawsuit, she wants Louisiana legislators to hold a special session to clarify the law.wftv.com
‘He was a star:’ Attorneys, family of 14-year-old boy who fatally fell from Orlando FreeFall mark his birthday
Attorney Ben Crump and the family of a 14-year-old boy who died after falling from an Orlando thrill ride in March held a news conference to mark what would have been the teen’s 15th birthday.
Sharpton puts spotlight on Georgia woman's patrol car fall
The Rev. Al Sharpton demanded a full accounting of how a Georgia woman fell from a moving patrol car after her arrest, saying at her funeral Thursday that he would seek a Justice Department review of her case if the family didn't get answers. Brianna Grier, 28, suffered significant injuries on July 15 and died July 21 at an Atlanta hospital. Authorities had been called to her home in Sparta, Georgia, as she experienced a mental health crisis, a family attorney has said.news.yahoo.com
Snipers shot man who died in Minneapolis police standoff
Minneapolis police officers shot and killed Sundberg early Thursday after an overnight standoff that began after he allegedly fired shots inside an apartment building on the city's south side, according to city and state officials. A gun was recovered from Sundberg's third-floor apartment, according to the state agency leading the investigation. That indicates officers fired them at some point during the standoff, but court filings don't say when they used them. Both officers who fired at Sundberg were also part of the SWAT team at the scene when Locke, 22, was shot. Officer Mark Hanneman fatally shot Locke within 10 seconds — an encounter recorded on Pearson’s body camera.wftv.com
Crump to represent Randy Cox, Black man hurt in police van
Cox, whose legal first name is Richard, is in intensive care, paralyzed from the chest down, Crump said. Some of that, including footage from a camera that recorded the moments when Cox was injured, has been released publicly. Cox was handcuffed when he was in the back of the New Haven police van, which was not equipped with seat belts. At the station, officers dragged Cox out of the van by his feet and put him in a wheelchair, video shows. Crump said Cox was accused of lying and told to get up several times by police.wftv.com
‘Did not follow their own restrictions’: Tyre Sampson’s family attorney talks after autopsy released
Video: ‘Did not follow their own restrictions’: Tyre Sampson’s family attorney talks after autopsy releasedORLANDO, Fla. — One of the attorneys representing the family of the teenager who fell to his death spoke in Orlando on Monday. Investigators said Sampson was well over the ride’s weight limit but someone had modified the safety sensors on two seats, allowing larger passengers to ride. WATCH: Protest erupts outside ICON Park after teen’s memorial cleanedAttorney Ben Crump spoke about the weight concerns during the news conference. The weight limit was 286 pounds but they did not follow their own restrictions,” Crump said. WATCH: Team investigating 14-year-old’s death on free-fall ride speaks outChannel 9′s Phylicia Ashley will continue to follow this story throughout the day.wftv.com
Tyre Sampson’s autopsy shows he was nearly 100 pounds over drop ride’s maximum weight limit
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A medical examiner released Tyre Sampson’s autopsy on Monday. According to the ride manual, the maximum weight of a Free Fall rider should be 286 pounds. READ: Tyre Sampson’s mother: Death on FreeFall could have been preventedThe average gap between the seat and the harness on the Free Fall ride is 3 inches. Investigators said Sampson’s seat was extended to about 7 inches. The state still has not revealed who made the adjustment to Sampson’s seat.wftv.com
VP Harris tells Buffalo mourners: Stand up for what's right
Harris Buffalo Supermarket Shooting Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a memorial service for Ruth Whitfield, a victim of the Buffalo supermarket shooting, at Mt. The funeral for 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield — the oldest of the 10 Black people who were killed — included a speech by Vice President Kamala Harris, who attended the service at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York. Whitfield was the mother of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield. Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff visited a memorial outside the Tops Friendly Market after the funeral. The vice president laid flowers, and the pair paused to pray for several minutes.wftv.com
Ben Crump releases video of police shooting that killed Jalen Randle
Attorney Ben Crump has released the police body camera footage of the moments before a police officer shot Jalen Randle. Randle had been stopped after police discovered that he was wanted for three felony warrants, The Associated Press reported. Randle then left the car, as seen in the video. On Tuesday, Crump released the body camera video to Twitter, which may be shocking for some viewers. The driver of the car was taken into custody and the officer who shot Randle was put on administrative leave as part of the investigation, KHOU reported.wftv.com
Lawyer: Texas man killed by police was shot in back of neck
HOUSTON — (AP) — An attorney for the family of a 29-year-old Black man fatally shot last month by a Houston police officer said that an independent autopsy shows he was shot in the back of his neck. Jalen Randle was shot April 27 as he exited a vehicle, police said. Police say officers tried to pull over a vehicle after seeing Randle get into its passenger seat, but the driver didn't stop till officers eventually blocked its path. Police say Randle then exited and an officer shot him. Police say Randle was in possession of a bag with a gun in it.wftv.com
Expert: Gun pressed to Patrick Lyoya's head when cop fired
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is representing the family of Patrick Lyoya, who was shot and killed by a GRPD officer on April 4. “We can confirm that Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of his head,” attorney Ben Crump said. Grand Rapids police spokeswoman Jennifer Kalczuk declined to comment. Lyoya's funeral is planned for Friday at Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids. ___Find the AP's full coverage of the fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya: https://apnews.com/hub/patrick-lyoyaCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Autopsy shows Patrick Lyoya shot in head by Michigan cop
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is representing the family of Patrick Lyoya, who was shot and killed by a GRPD officer on April 4. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) (Cory Morse)DETROIT — (AP) — An independent autopsy confirms that Patrick Lyoya, a Black man, was shot in the back of the head by a Michigan police officer while facedown on the ground, lawyers for his family said Tuesday. The finding by a former Detroit-area medical examiner matches what was seen last week on video released by the Grand Rapids police chief. Lyoya's funeral is planned for Friday at Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids. ___Find the AP's full coverage of the fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya: https://apnews.com/hub/patrick-lyoyaCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Results of 2nd autopsy to be given in Patrick Lyoya's death
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is representing the family of Patrick Lyoya, who was shot and killed by a GRPD officer on April 4. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) (Cory Morse)DETROIT — (AP) — Lawyers for the family of Patrick Lyoya, an unarmed Black man killed by police in western Michigan, said they will release results from an independent autopsy Tuesday. Lyoya's death has outraged his family as well as many people who have watched video of the confrontation with an officer. Lyoya's funeral is planned for Friday at Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids. ___Find the AP's full coverage of the fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya: https://apnews.com/hub/patrick-lyoyaCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Family seeks charges, officer's ID in Patrick Lyoya's death
Police Shooting Michigan Peter Lyoya holds up a picture of his son Patrick Lyoya, 26, in his home in Lansing, Mich., April 14, 2022. Grand Rapids police released four videos from different sources Wednesday, nine days after Patrick Lyoya was killed during a traffic stop. A Michigan police officer fatally shot his eldest son, 26-year-old Patrick, in the head this month following a traffic stop in Grand Rapids. In the April 4 encounter, the officer repeatedly ordered Patrick Lyoya to let go of the Taser. Several hundred protesters gathered outside the Grand Rapids Police Department following Wednesday's release of the videos.wftv.com
High-profile attorney to visit Orlando thrill ride where teen fell to his death
ORLANDO, Fla. — Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump is expected to arrive in Central Florida on Tuesday morning. The teen died last month after falling from the Orlando FreeFall ride at ICON Park. READ: Safety expert: ‘I have serious concerns’ about harness in teen’s death on Orlando FreeFallOn Monday, inspectors for the state were looking at the ride’s seats, measuring and using diagrams to recreate the incident. READ: Investigation into 14-year-old’s death on free-fall ride continuesThe state hired a team of forensic engineers and failure analysis to do the inspection. READ: ICON Park calls for FreeFall, SlingShot rides to suspend operations following teen’s deathThe accident report reveals the ride did not malfunction.wftv.com
Family of teen killed during free fall ride at ICON Park retains high-profile attorneys
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The family of the 14-year-old who fell to his death from the ICON Park free fall ride has retained high-profile attorneys Ben Crump and Bob Hilliard. On Saturday, the family of Tyre Sampson was at ICON Park, telling Channel 9 that they were there to check out the ride for themselves. “Now my baby’s gone.”Johnson told Channel 9 that when her cousin arrived in Orlando from Missouri on Wednesday, he couldn’t wait to have some fun at ICON Park. Read: TIMELINE: 14-year-old boy dies after falling from ICON Park free fall rideInvestigators are still trying to determine what happened. Read: Documents shed light on inspections and construction of Orlando free fall rideAs Johnson and her family grieve for the teen, they’re also demanding swift action.wftv.com
Attorneys Ben Crump, Bob Hilliard hired by family of teen who fell to his death from Orlando thrill ride
Attorneys Ben Crump and Bob Hilliard have been hired on retainer to represent the family of Tyre Sampson, 14, who fell to his death Thursday night from the Orlando Free Fall at ICON Park, according to a news release.
Attorneys Ben Crump, Bob Hilliard hired by family of teen who fell to his death from Orlando thrill ride
Attorneys Ben Crump and Bob Hilliard have been hired on retainer to represent the family of Tyre Sampson, 14, who fell to his death Thursday night from the Orlando Free Fall at ICON Park, according to a news release from Ben Crump Law and Hilliard Martinez Gonzales.
Dad Says His 14-Year-Old Son Panicked Before ICON Park Drop Death
Orlando SentinelThe Missouri father of the 14-year-old boy who died while on an amusement park ride in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday said his son knew he was in danger—and he wants to make sure no other child feels like that again. “He was panicking when he was going up,” Yarnell Sampson, the dad of Tyre Sampson, told WOFL. “He was explaining to his friend next to him, ‘I don’t know man. If I don’t make it down, please tell my Mom and Daddy I love them.’ For him to say something like that, he munews.yahoo.com
Trial set to begin for Arkansas deputy in teen's shooting
Jury selection was set to begin Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in the trial of a former Arkansas deputy charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a white teenager during a traffic stop, a case that has drawn the attention of national civil rights activists. Michael Davis, a former sergeant with the Lonoke County sheriff's office, faces between three and 10 years in prison if he's convicted in the shooting of 17-year-old Hunter Brittain. — (AP) — Jury selection was set to begin Tuesday in the trial of a former Arkansas deputy charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a white teenager during a traffic stop, a case that has drawn the attention of national civil rights activists. Davis was fired by Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley in July for not turning on his body camera until after the shooting occurred. Brittain's family and friends have regularly demonstrated outside the Lonoke County sheriff's office, demanding more details on the shooting.wftv.com
Trayvon Martin’s death set off a movement that shaped a decade’s defining moments
Trayvon Martin’s death inspired a new generation of protests against police and vigilante violence toward Black people, one that would go on to highlight systemic racism in nearly every aspect of American life.washingtonpost.com
Wright family, activists see injustice in Potter's sentence
Daunte Wright Officer Trial Attorney Ben Crump reacts after former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter was sentenced to two years in prison, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 in Minneapolis. Potter was convicted in December of both first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 killing of Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist. “What we see today is the legal system in America in Black and white,” Ben Crump, an attorney for Wright’s family, said after Friday’s sentencing. Family members and activists applauded in December when a mostly white jury convicted Potter of both first- and second-degree manslaughter. But the conduct was similar, and the reality is the Black officer received a harsher sentence.wftv.com
Cop safety cited in no-knock warrant ahead of Locke's death
The applications for the search warrants executed at the apartment complex on Feb. 2 were released the same day that Locke’s family renewed a call for a ban on no-knock warrants. “A no-knock warrant enables officers to execute the warrant more safely by allowing officers to make entry into the apartment without alerting the suspects inside," Zebro wrote. Locke's parents and relatives of others who died in encounters with police appeared at Minnesota's Capitol in St. Paul on Thursday to press lawmakers to ban no-knock warrants statewide. The search warrants were carried out as part of an investigation into Elder’s death. ___Find AP's full coverage of the death of Amir Locke at: https://apnews.com/hub/amir-lockeCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Judge allows video release in Black man's shooting death
The Fayetteville Observer reports that Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons issued his ruling Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, two days after Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins filed the request. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP, File) (Andrew Craft)FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted a request from the police chief of a North Carolina city to release body camera video recorded in the aftermath of the shooting death of a Black man by an off-duty sheriff's deputy. Two witnesses have made comments on social media, released a video and spoken at a demonstration, creating “significant public attention,” according to the petition. “There are a lot of reasons why Black children have to grow up without their fathers,” Crump said. For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, The Fayetteville Observer.wftv.com
Florida law school creates Ben Crump social justice center
Racial Injustice Crump Law School FILE - From left, attorney Ben Crump, the Rev. The Benjamin L. Crump Center for Social Justice, housed at the St. Thomas University College of Law in Miami Gardens, Fla., will announce on Thursday, Dec. 2, the creation of a social justice center named after Ben Crump, the Black civil rights attorney who has gained national notoriety representing victims of police brutality and vigilante violence. Lawson said the center will focus on training students to be leaders in social justice lawyering. On Thursday, the law school also will launch a $35 million fundraising campaign to expand its ongoing training of lawyers who fight for social justice. He said he hopes that lending his name to the center inspires law school students to consider social justice as a worthy, career-long pursuit.wftv.com
Floyd family, leaders hold prayer service on eve of trial
Bystander video of the confrontation is expected to be a key exhibit at trial, with opening statements set for Monday, March 29, 2021. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)MINNEAPOLIS – National civil rights leaders appeared alongside several family members of George Floyd at a prayer service Sunday night, hours before opening statements were set to begin in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in his death. Several dozen attendees congregated in the benches at Greater Friendship Missionary Church, where preachers led worship, a choir sang and members of George Floyd's family were joined by the Rev. The speakers called for justice in George Floyd's death, mirroring the words spoken by leaders during a protest earlier Sunday in downtown Minneapolis. George Floyd, who was Black, was declared dead on May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while George Floyd was handcuffed and pleading that he couldn’t breathe.
Lawsuit alleges racial profiling in cellphone confrontation
Keyon Harrold and his son were allegedly racially profiled in an Arlo hotel in Manhattan by Miya Ponsetto in December 2020. Ponsetto wrongly accused Keyon Harrold Jr. of stealing her phone and physically attacking him. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK – The family of a Black teenager who was falsely accused of stealing a woman's cellphone in a New York City hotel last December filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the woman and the hotel engaged in racial profiling. A video of Ponsetto’s confrontation with the then-14-year-old was recorded and posted online by his father, jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold. Ad“Defendants treated Plaintiffs differently from other guests and invitees in a place of public accommodation because of their race,” the lawsuit states.
In Louisville, Breonna Taylor’s family honors her legacy
(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death, the slain Black woman's family continued their call for justice as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Louisville on Saturday. In a tweet Saturday, President Joe Biden called Taylor's death “a tragedy, a blow to her family, her community, and America." Police had a no-knock warrant but said they knocked and announced their presence before entering Taylor’s apartment, a claim some witnesses have disputed. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, tweeted a statement in support of Taylor's family, including her mother, Tamika Palmer. “Today we remember Breonna Taylor, her tragic and unnecessary loss and the immense work we have ahead of us,” he said.
Minneapolis to pay $27M to settle George Floyd family lawsuit
FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2021 file photo, A mural of George Floyd is seen in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. “This makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020, that George Floyd’s life mattered, and that by extension, Black lives matter.”Ad“Even though my brother is not here, he's here with me in my heart,” Philonise Floyd said. Floyd’s death sparked sometimes violent protests in Minneapolis and beyond and led to a national reckoning on racial justice. “I just want you to know how deeply we are with you,” she said to Floyd's family members. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd
Activists seek laws after officer cleared in Blake shooting
A police officer shot Blake in the back multiple times after responding to a domestic dispute on Aug. 23, 2020. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, a Wisconsin prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against the officer who shot Blake. After the Aug. 23 shooting that left Blake paralyzed, the decision on whether to charge Rusten Sheskey came down to a familiar question: Was the Kenosha officer justified in using force to protect himself? Those included requiring body cameras and dashcams, a standard protocol for independent investigations and an easy-to-access database of disciplinary actions. The city had planned to acquire body cameras in 2022, but after Blake's shooting, that timetable was sped up to put the cameras in use this year.
Gregory Edwards’ family sues West Melbourne officers who arrested combat veteran before his death
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The family of Gregory Edwards filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking punitive damages against the West Melbourne police officers who arrested the combat veteran leading up to his death in the Brevard County Jail. The City of West Melbourne is also listed as a defendant in the civil suit. Edwards was arrested a day earlier by West Melbourne police outside a retail store for allegedly assaulting a charity worker. The lawsuit lists Edwards’ episode as a serious medical emergency requiring immediate treatment that he did not receive under the care of authorities. Edwards later got into a confrontation with deputies while at the Brevard County Jail.
’Why was the first thing to shoot?’ Community mourns Cocoa teens killed in deputy-involved shooting
COCOA, Fla. – The families of two Cocoa teenagers are grieving and demanding answers after both died last week in a deputy-involved shooting in Cocoa. Despite the release of the deputy’s names and some video, the community held a rally and vigil for the teens in Cocoa on Wednesday, demanding more transparency from the sheriff. Family and community members came out Nov. 18, 2020 in Cocoa to hold a vigil for two teens killed in a deputy-involved shooting. (Image: Jerry Askin/WKMG) (WKMG 2020)Family of both teens have hired notable civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent them. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating whether the vehicle the teens were in was the suspected stolen vehicle.
Sheriff: Brevard deputy ‘forced to fire,’ fatally shooting 2 teens in car
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey says one of his deputies was “forced to fire” on a car in a Cocoa neighborhood, fatally shooting a 16-year-old and 18-year-old last week. The sheriff’s office didn’t confirm the deaths of 18-year-old Sincere Pierce and 16-year-old Angelo “AJ” Crooms until Monday. The sheriff’s office declined to identify the deputies involved and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also declined, saying that would need to come from the sheriff’s office. [RELATED: Civil rights attorney Ben Crump representing families of teens killed in Brevard deputy shooting]Investigators said the vehicle was first observed at Clearlake Road and Dixon Boulevard and moments later in the area of Ivy Street. According to the Ivey, Santiago-Miranda has been employed with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office since February 2017, Hendren has been employed with the sheriff’s office since June 2018.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump representing families of teens killed in Brevard deputy shooting
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The families of two teens killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Brevard County have secured a notable civil rights attorney to represent them. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that 18-year-old Pierce and 16-year-old Crooms died Nov. 13 during a deputy-involved shooting in a Cocoa neighborhood. Cocoa police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were at the scene, but despite the heavy law enforcement presence, little information about the incident and what led up to it has been released. [WATCH: Brevard deputy fatally shoots 2 teens, officials offer few details about what led to gunfire]“These parents are heartbroken, as any parents would be. The shooting is under FDLE investigation, which is standard protocol when a law enforcement officer uses deadly force.
Family demands release of evidence in Breonna Taylor's case
Earlier, Taylor's lawyers and family expressed dismay that no one has been held accountable for her death. The grand jury indicted one officer on endangerment charges, saying he fired gunshots into a neighboring home that didn't strike anyone. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but prosecutors and Grand Jury members are bound by the facts and by the law,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Kuhn said in a statement. As Taylor’s family decried how the case was handled, a man accused of shooting and wounding two officers during protests Wednesday appeared in court. ___This story has been updated to correct that the officer charged by the grand jury is accused of firing into a neighboring apartment, not more than one.
1 officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case, but not for her death
The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor's with people inside. Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by white officers who entered her home during a narcotics investigation. State Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that while the officers had a no-knock warrant, the investigation showed they announced themselves before entering. "This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor’s death.”Cameron said an FBI crime lab determined that Cosgrove fired the bullet that killed Taylor. ___This story has been updated to clarify that, according to the investigation, officers did not execute the warrant as a no-knock warrant, not that they didn’t use a no-knock warrant.
Police reforms in Breonna Taylor case praised, scrutinized
Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother, in white beside Attorney Ben Crump, left, speak in Louisville, Ky., after settlement was announced. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A settlement between the family of Breonna Taylor and the city of Louisville could bring wide-ranging reforms to how police officers live and work, changes that would represent a rare outcome in a police misconduct lawsuit. And a legal expert noted that even the most wide-ranging of reforms won't succeed if the people entrusted with implementing them aren't onboard. The city of Louisville passed a new law earlier this year, named after Taylor, that bans the use of no-knock warrants. Tamika Mallory is among numerous activists in Louisville who say police reforms will be meaningless if the officers involved in Taylor's death aren't charged.
Grandmother suing Disney World after CBD oil arrest files to move case to federal court
ORLANDO, Fla. – A grandmother who was arrested outside Walt Disney World after having CBD oil on property is suing the theme park company -- and she’s taking her case to federal court. Hester Burkhalter, 69, was arrested in April 2019 after Disney security found a bottle of CBD oil while searching her purse at a security checkpoint. She has since filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney World, with her team of attorneys requesting to move the case out of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County and move it to a higher court. In the suit, Burkhalter is alleging assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment and defamation and emotional distress, according to Crump’s law firm. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers of marijuana plants, but it doesn’t produce a high.
Absent details, police shooting narratives seek to distract
Authorities have been reluctant to release even the most basic information about the incident or details about the white officer who shot Blake seven times in the back. They shot my son seven times seven times, like he didnt matter, Blakes father, Jacob Blake Sr., said. In 2014, for example, a union spokesman rushed to the scene where a white Chicago officer fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. As for the shooting itself, authorities, citing the need to protect the integrity of the investigation, have raised far more questions than they've answered. Instead, he said a knife was found after the shooting on the drivers side floorboard of the SUV.
Grandmother sues Disney World for millions after CBD oil arrest
ORLANDO, Fla. – A grandmother who was arrested outside Walt Disney World is suing the happiest place on earth with the help of a well-known attorney. Hester Burkhalter, 69, was arrested in April after Disney security found a bottle of CBD oil while searching her purse at a security checkpoint. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers of marijuana plants, but it doesn’t produce a high. The grandmother added that she was humiliated because the officers allegedly made her strip down at the jail to be searched. [RELATED: Charges dropped against great-grandma with CBD oil at Disney World]In May, all charges against the grandmother were dropped after prosecutors said that the case against Burkhalter wasn’t suitable for prosecution.
Floyd family sues Minneapolis officers charged in his death
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump wears a face mask with the words "Where's the love?" after announcing Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Minneapolis the filing of a civil lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Floyd died at the hands of police during an arrest on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Floyd family to announce lawsuit against Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS Attorneys for George Floyd's family plan to announce a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis and the police officers who are charged in his death. Attorney Ben Crump planned a late-morning news conference in Minneapolis to detail the lawsuit. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd's death also sparked calls to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a new public safety department. According to documents in state probate court, Floyd is survived by 11 known heirs, including five children and six siblings.
‘Timothy couldn’t breathe:‘ Attorney Ben Crump compares 2018 South Daytona death to George Floyd
Crump, a civil rights attorney, has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and George Floyd. “We want her to get justice for her son, there’s no excuse for what happened to Timothy Coffman no excuse. “Like George Floyd, Timothy Coffman screamed out for him. Like George Floyd, Timothy Coffman had the police officer put his knee in his neck for four minutes until he lost consciousness. “And like George Floyd, the police in South Daytona did not obey him any dignity, nor did they offer him any respect, nor did they offer him any humanity.
Protests turn subdued after new charges in Floyd case
The most serious new charge Wednesday was an accusation of second-degree murder against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyds neck. The three other officers at the scene were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Protests were still big, but largely peaceful in California, where NBA stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson marched with protesters in Oakland. The new second-degree murder charge alleges that Chauvin caused Floyds death without intent while committing another felony, namely third-degree assault. The protests have also taken root overseas, including in Athens, London, Helsinki, Rotterdam and Bogota, among other cities.