Dash cam shows moments leading up to deputy-involved shooting
National figure and civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump announced Saturday that he would be joining a press conference in Cocoa with the families of the two teenagers shot and killed by a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy Nov. 13.
The deaths of 18-year-old Sincere Pierce and 16-year-old Angelo Crooms sparked a protest locally amid the nationwide debate over policing in America.
Crump, a high-profile civil rights attorney, rose to prominence after representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford in 2012.
Martin’s death was the first of many over the past decade to draw attention and scrutiny to how killings of Black Americans are handled by police and prosecutors—helping kick off the nascent Black Lives Matter movement, which has since grown in size and recognition since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year.
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National media outlets and social media personalities with large followings have posted articles about the shooting of the teens in Cocoa.
Dashboard camera released by BCSO shows a vehicle driven by Crooms pulling into a driveway with two BCSO cruisers following. Two deputies with guns drawn repeatedly tell the driver to stop as Crooms backs out and then drives forward in the direction of the one deputy.
Critics of the shooting have said the young men appeared to be attempting to flee the deputies and were swerving away, not trying to strike Deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda. Sheriff Wayne Ivey has said the teenager was driving toward the deputy, causing him to reasonably fear for his life.
Deputies Santiago-Miranda and Carson Hendren were both placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The families’ attorney, Natalie Jackson, said the deputy was in the wrong to fire at the vehicle.
“The law says that an officer can fire into a vehicle if it is posing threat of great bodily injury,” she said. “I think it’s clear that from the path of the bullet and the video that he was not reasonably in fear. He may have been unreasonably in fear, but not reasonably.”
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