Flashpoint Extra: Civil rights attorney who represented families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown talks inequality in justice system

October 20, 2019 - 8:56 am
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump's book "Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People," discusses inequalities in the criminal justice system.

Courtesy of Ben Crump


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The nationally known civil rights lawyer who represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and others will be in Philadelphia Monday for a chat about his new book. 

Titled "Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People," the book exposes some of the inequalities in criminal justice that have resulted in the death or mass incarceration of black men in America.

"Black men only make up only seven percent of the population yet they make up 50 percent of the population on death row," said author Benjamin Crump. The award-winning attorney has been on the frontlines for years dealing with the killings of unarmed black men at the hands of police. He believes systemic racism, implicit biases and America's embedded history has made it easy for black men and women to be killed under the cloak of legal authority. 

"Whether we have our hands up, say don't shoot, whether we follow instructions," Crump lamented, "whether we are sitting in our own house eating ice cream minding our own business."

Crump proposes ways America can do better, and is doing better thanks to cell phone and body camera video, and awareness that can make change.

"We can make this a better world for our children and we can speak truth to power, and that's what this book tries to do."

Crump will speak at 6 p.m. Monday evening at WHYY