Crump was first contacted by a cousin of Trayvon Martins father. The cousin, a Miami attorney, was familiar with Crumps civil rights work in Florida. Before Martins death, Crump was best known for representing the parents of a teenage boy who died after an encounter with guards at a Florida boot camp in 2006. The videotaped beating of Martin Lee Anderson attracted national attention and led to the closure of the states boot camps for juvenile offenders.
Crump, 42, and his wife, Genae Angelique Crump, are raising two teenage boys who are the biological sons of Crumps cousin. The oldest is Martins age.
Trayvon hits home on many levels, Crump said.
Crump and his law partner, Daryl Parks, are Tallahassee-based personal injury attorneys who primarily handle wrongful death and negligence cases. But their everyday work often involves civil rights issues.
Daryl and Ben look at things in a broader perspective, said James Messer, a Tallahassee attorney who serves on the board of the Tallahassee Bar Association with Crump. While there may be a wrongful death issue, it involves, in their eyes, more than anything a civil rights cause (Crump) has a passion for issues that have something to do with civil rights violations.