Crump represents families of 2 teens fatally shot in Florida

COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump says he is representing the families of two Black teens who were fatally shot by a deputy along Florida’s Space Coast last week.

Crump said in a statement Monday that he is representing the families of A.J. Crooms, 16, and Sincere Pierce, 18, who were fatally shot by a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy Friday.

The families still know very little about the circumstances of the teens’ deaths, Crump said.

Breonna Taylor family attorney Ben Crump, center speaks during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

“These parents are heartbroken, as any parents would be. They deserve full transparency and speedy answers about who is responsible for the deaths and the circumstances surrounding their shootings,” Crump said. “For two young Black teens just beginning their lives to be ended is a tragedy and a terrible loss to their families and to the community.”

Crump has previously represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Jacob Blake.

The deputy involved in the fatal shooting has been put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. He was not being identified at this time, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday.

Last Friday, deputies tried to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies tried to “make contact” with the vehicle a short time later, and the teens were shot during the encounter, the sheriff’s office said.