source: Region 8 News
published: 11 February 2015
Tuesday night served as a call for a renewed investigation and more attention for the Chavis Carter case.
“When people feel like they cannot trust the local law enforcement authorities, they turn to the federal government to say we want equal justice too,” Benjamin Crump said at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro Tuesday evening.
Crump is connected to high-profile cases like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
Carter’s family, now with Crump on the case, is cautiously optimistic that the Jonesboro Police Department will be properly investigated and reviewed.
Even though Carter’s death was ruled a suicide, Crump stood alongside Carter’s mother and family members of other young, black men who have died in similar circumstances, to say they’ve reached out to the Justice Department for a deeper investigation.
“To see if there is a pattern and practice of racial profiling in these police departments,” Crump explained.