Who Is Benjamin Crump?
Benjamin Crump is a Tallahassee civil rights attorney who has received national attention for his involvement in high-profile cases, starting in 2012 when he represented the family of Trayvon Martin who was gunned down by George Zimmerman. In 2014 he worked on a similar case with the fatal shooting incident of Michael Brown and that same year, also represented the family of Tamir Rice, who, at 12 years old, was shot to death by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio who mistook his toy gun for a real weapon. Crump's national reputation has led him to participate in various legal-themed television shows on Fox, A+E Television and TV One. In 2017 he recently ended his longtime law practice at Parks & Crump Attorneys at Law and launched his own national firm, Ben Crump Law.
Civil Rights Cases
Here is a list of the notable civil rights cases Crump has represented:
Martin Lee Anderson (2006)
- 14-year-old African-American child who died at a bootcamp-oriented juvenile detention center in Panama City, Florida.
Robbie Tolan (2008)
- 28-year-old African-American man who was gunned down by police in front of his parents at their Bellaire, Texas home.
Alesia Thomas (2012)
- 35-year-old African-American single mother who died while in custody of the LAPD.
Trayvon Martin (2012)
- 17-year-old African-American man who, after an altercation with Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, was fatally shot in the chest by the latter.
“We’ve got to prove to everybody in the world that our children’s lives matter, too.” - Crump on bringing national attention to the young African-American victims and their respective families he has represented
Michael Brown (2014)
- 18-year-old African-American man who was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri after being suspected of robbing a convenience store. (Crump is pushing for the "Michael Brown Law," which makes it a requirement for police to wear body cameras.)
Tamir Rice (2014)
- 12-year-old African-American child who was shot by a Cleveland police officer who mistook his airsoft replica gun for a real one.
Corey Jones (2015)
- 31-year-old African-American man who was killed by a plainclothespolice officer while waiting for a tow truck in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Early Life & Career
Born on October 10, 1969 in Lumberton, North Carolina, Crump was the oldest of nine children and was raised by a single mom who worked as a hotel housekeeper and in a shoe factory. As a young child, Crump was acutely aware of the inequality between whites and blacks, as racial integration in Lumberton came slowly. Inspired by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, he resolved to fight for a more equal playing field and decided to pursue a law degree.
During law school at Florida State University, he met and befriended Daryl Parks, who shared a similar background as Crump, and together they opened up the law offices of Parks & Crump in 1995, focusing on personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.
About his partnership to Parks, he recently told USA Today: “What are the chances of two project kids getting out and owning their own law firm? A million to one? We knew we had a huge obligation to give back, because the statistics were that we were never supposed to make it.”
After 20 years of successfully trying cases with Parks, Crump announced in 2017 he was launching a new national law firm in concert with the law offices of Morgan & Morgan.
Reality Show Host
Crump's high-profile status as a legal expert has allowed him to expand his career opportunities. In the spring of 2017 he appeared on Fox's live courtroom show You the Jury and will appear on A+E's limited investigative series Who Killed Tupac? In 2018 he's slated to appear as the legal host of TV One's Evidence of Innocence.
Watch a sneak peek of Benjamin Crump on 'Who Killed Tupac?'
Education & Awards
Crump received a scholarship to Florida State University (FSU), where he graduated in 1992 with a criminal justice degree. He continued his studies at FSU and received his Juris Doctor in 1995.
Throughout his career Crump has received numerous awards, including: The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers; the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award; the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award; Ebony magazine's "Power 100 Most Influential African Americans;" and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which recognizes lawyers who win seven-figures on behalf of their clients.
Crump is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump. Together they have one child and are legal guardians of Crump's two cousins.
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