A nationally recognized civil rights attorney representing the families of George Floyd, Breona Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury and Trayvon Martin, was busy representing the family of Z’Kee Hussein, a black teenager who was detained by police at Bridgewater Commons in the past. weekend.
Ben Crump, who became famous for representing the families of black men and women killed by police across the United States, agreed to represent Hussein, a black eighth-grader who was forcibly detained by Bridgewater police last weekend after a fight with another teenager in a mall that was filmed on a now viral video.
In a press release, Trump, who has offices in Washington, D.C., Florida and California, said the video shows a white teenager and a black teenager quarreling, which escalated into a physical altercation involving two police officers and one officer pinning. Z’Kye is on the ground, handcuffed, and another teenager is standing nearby without restraint.
The incident is being investigated by the Somerset County Attorney’s Office.
Crump said the video raised questions about the actions of officers who oppressed a black teenager but did not apply any force to a white teenager who was also involved in the incident.
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“Z’Kee defended a younger friend in seventh grade who was mocked by a much older 11th grader when the incident unfolded. Z’Kee, an eighth grader, was noble to protect his friend from bullies; however, it is clear that officers immediately suggested that because of Z’Ki’s skin color, his noble behavior is not even within the scope of this opportunity. This video says it all, “Crump said in a press release.
“We are very grateful that Z’Kee got out of this incident with his life. It’s no secret that communicating with the police in America is more dangerous for black men – and teenagers – than for whites. Z’Kee was no more of a threat to these officers than the white teenager who fought him.This is another example of his racial bias that we need to eradicate from our police system.These officers need to be reprimanded and retrained to overcome the implicit bias that leads to unequal – and often dangerous – dealing with black people, ”Crump said.
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