Skip to comments.Attorney for Trayvon Martin takes on Bellaire police shooting
Posted on 05/12/2014 6:50:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Pastors, legislators and the civil rights attorney who represented Trayvon Martin's family against George Zimmerman last year vowed Monday to get justice for Robbie Tolan, the former minor league baseball player who was shot by a Bellaire police sergeant in 2008.
"The Supreme Court said that this should go to a jury," lawyer Benjamin Crump told a crowd of more than 100 people at a press conference announcing he had been hired by Tolan and his parents. "If this could happen to a model family, like this, it could happen to anyone here."
Tolan and his family, who are black, sued Bellaire Sgt. Jeffrey Cotton, another officer and the city of Bellaire for civil rights violations, arguing they they're victims of racial profiling.
That lawsuit was tossed out of court in 2012 by U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon, after lawyers for Cotton argued the case should be dismissed. Harmon agreed in a summary judgment that the Tolan family had not established that the two officers were motivated by race or violated Tolan's constitutional rights. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans later agreed with the ruling.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court revived the case, sending it back to the lower courts to consider the facts from Tolan's point of view more carefully. After the ruling was handed down, Tolan and his parents hired Crump to try to get the case in front of a jury....
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He was in Detroit about a month ago but I don’t think the response was as positive as he would have liked.
crump the chump
Despite the loathsome behavior of Crump in the Zimmerman circus trial, in this case, IMHO, the parents are correct.
Crump may well cost them any chance of success by his presence and behavior.
? Really? He couldn’t get positive press in the third world city of New Fallujah?!!??