Benjamin Crump Speaks [EXCLUSIVE]

Benjamin Crump Speaks [EXCLUSIVE]

The attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents on their reaction to the verdict and why they'll keep fighting

by Makkada B. Selah, July 16, 2013

Benjamin Crump Speaks [EXCLUSIVE]

Benjamin Crump (Center) standing with Sybrina Fulton

him to be profiled because they’ve always accepted Zimmerman’s version. They never gave Trayvon the benefit of the doubt. He’s the victim. They took the word of the killer and refused to acknowledge that he was pursuing the person who got killed. Trayvon was running away from him.

EBONY: Zimmerman’s story was that Trayvon circled back and attacked him.

BC: He had just killed the kid. What do you expect him to say?  If the roles had been reversed and Trayvon had been stalking Zimmerman, I guarantee that Trayvon would have been convicted of 1st degree murder.

EBONY: There’ve been some articles published recently criticizing the prosecution and Florida attorney general Angela Corey saying that the State didn’t really go after this case like they should have.

BC: I’ve heard that a lot and let me just give my response: The family appreciates the prosecution for bringing the case because most of the prosecutors around the state of Florida never would have brought the case and that’s all we have to say. There was evidence there to convict the killer. That jury’s verdict suggests that it’s OK to profile Trayvon, a Back kid who did absolutely nothing wrong besides walking home and defending himself.

EBONY: What is the Trayon Martin Foundation?

BC: [The foundation] is a non-profit organization set up by his mother and father based in Miami. The foundation is working to amend the Stand Your Ground Laws and make a “Trayvon Martin amendment” which says that you can’t pursue someone, you can’t be the initial aggressor and start the confrontation, kill somebody and then claim that you were standing your ground. The foundation is educating people about profiling of every kind, whether race, religion or sexual orientation, and it is trying to make sure that there are resources for families of the victims of senseless gun violence.

Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

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