Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks in Kansas City


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At a young age, Ben Crump realized the disparities he had as a black person and the struggles people of color faced.

He was inspired by civil rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall, who dismantled segregation and became the first justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

“I made a decision when I was growing up, I’m going to be like Thurgood Marshall and fight to make things better in my community,” Crump said.

Crump has taken his passion for equality and used it to deliver justice in numerous wrongful death lawsuits involving police brutality.

A notable case he represented was that of George Floyd. He told FOX4 he was mortified when he saw an officer’s video above Floyd.

Crump said when Floyd’s family reached out, he knew he wanted to help bring justice to them.

“When you watch this video, the only thing you conclude is that not only were these officers denied him any consideration,” he said. “They denied him all professionalism but worst of all, they denied him humanity.”

Crump also represented the families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor and Daunte Wright, all of whom were killed at the hands of police.

FOX4 asked Crump if he thinks there is racism and misconduct within the Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri police departments.

“Here in Kansas City, we’ve seen the sentencing of the police officer who killed Cameron Lamb, so I think what that means for us is that we’re trying to achieve those main foundations of America that every citizen has the right to freedom and justice,” he said.

Crump said his prayer is to one day dismantle his law firm’s police brutality division.

“We want it to be prevented that we don’t have George Floyd anymore, where we don’t have Cameron Lambs anymore,” he said.

Until then, Crump plans to continue representing black voices that have been silenced.

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