Attorney Ben Crump calls for probe into Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

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Attorney Ben Crump calls for probe into Brevard County Sheriff's Office

Lawsuit filed against the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

A high-profile civil rights attorney uses his name for justice. Ben Crump is suing the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the deputy for the deaths of two teenagers.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump has called on the Justice Department to investigate a Florida sheriff’s office after a MP fatally shot and killed two black teenagers last year. He also asked the Justice Department to review a local prosecutor’s decision not to bring charges.

Crump and another attorney for the juvenile families on Friday called for an investigation into Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s Brevard County’s office, saying the problems extend beyond the death of Sincere Pierce and Angelo “AJ” Crooms by Deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda .

“You will see that the allegations we have are not just against the officers, as the officer comes from a culture that Wayne Ivey provided for his Brevard County officers,” said Natalie Jackson, one of the lawyers for the families of the young people.

The youth’s families have also filed suits against the sheriff’s office in federal court.

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The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to Florida Today’s requests for comment. The public prosecutor’s office also declined to comment.

The two teenagers were fatally shot last November when Santiago-Miranda fired 10 bullets into their vehicle as it slowly moved forward and the wheels turned toward the curb. Dash cam footage showed the teenagers pulling into a driveway after two sheriff cars with no lights followed them. Crooms, who was driving, then stepped back out of the driveway and headed toward a deputy who was repeatedly yelling at the teen with gun drawn to stop the car.

Prosecutor Phil Archer believed the shooting was reasonable and justified, claiming the MP was afraid for his life.

“The sheriffs’ department here in Brevard County doesn’t follow national standards. They say it’s fair to shoot moving cars when everyone else in America says that’s stupid, it’s dangerous,” Crump said.

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Crump has represented the families of other people killed by police officers, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Shortly after the fatal shootings, the sheriff said in a Facebook post that the MP “was then forced to fire his service weapon to prevent the deadly threat from the car from hitting him”.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.