Crump, who represents the Floyd, Wright families, appeared on ABC’s “This Week”.
If Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is convicted of murdering George Floyd, it could set a new precedent for the police, said Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the families of Floyd and Daunte Wright.
“The result that we and Derek Chauvin pray for is that he will be held criminally responsible for the murder of George Floyd, because we believe it could be a precedent,” said Crump, ABC’s “This Week” co-host, Martha Raddatz Sunday. “Finally make America live up to its promise of freedom and justice for all. That means all of us – blacks, Hispanics, Indigenous people – all of us.
“What I want the president and everyone to add to that line, Martha, is killing unarmed blacks is unacceptable,” he continued. “We have to send this message to the police, because the crux of the matter is this: I was born black and I’m going to die black, but the police don’t kill me for being black.”
Crump added that congressional action is needed as the country seeks to address the problem of violence against non-white Americans by police.
“We need to pass the George Floyd Justice and Police Act to change the culture and behavior of the police service in America, especially with regard to marginalized minorities – and black people in particular. Because when a black person is arrested for a traffic violation, it should not result in a death sentence, ”he said.
Outside of the Chauvin trial, Crump – speaking on behalf of the Wright family – said earlier this week that Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer who resigned after saying she accidentally had took out his Taser instead of his gun. an interaction with Wright, saw Wright as “consumable”.
In the run-up to the Chauvin Trail verdict, Raddatz asked, “If he is found not guilty – as the nation braces for that verdict – what would you say to the people of Minneapolis?”
Crump said the country cannot continue to tolerate excessive violence.
“I would say, once again, the American legal system has broken our hearts and we cannot tolerate this excessive use of force, America. We cannot tolerate this inhumanity, America. We cannot tolerate this inhumanity, America. not tolerate this evil that we saw on that video with Derek Chauvin, when he kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds. And we finally have to have this racial calculation, America, because that if we don’t, then people will continue to have these emotional protests, ”he mentioned.
In a separate panel on Sunday, following Crump’s interview, ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and Channa Lloyd, civil rights attorney and managing partner at Cochran, agreed that he was very unlikely that Chauvin would be acquitted.
“I think those of us who have followed this case closely, who have watched all the expert testimony, watched the video, watched the opening statement, et cetera, would be stunned if there was a full acquittal or there are 12 of the jurors who say he was not guilty, ”Abrams said.
“In this case the prosecution put on a very tight case, they covered a lot of groundwork, they were very thorough,” Lloyd said. “I don’t think the defense mentioned any experts who were able to challenge the information that was given by state experts, and in this case, I don’t think we’re going to see an acquittal.”