Attorney for Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown Weighs in on Nashville Shooting


The attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown urges demonstrators protesting an officer-involved shooting to be patient.

"The objective evidence is paramount,” Benjamin Crump said.

Officer Joshua Lippert shot and killed Jocques Clemmons in East Nashville on Friday. The shooting is still under investigation.

George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in 2012 in Florida. A police officer shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, in 2014. Both were unarmed, though the shooters claimed both reached for the gun of the shooter.

Most recently, Crump represented the family of Terrence Crutcher, shot and killed by an officer in Oklahoma.

"He was walking away with his hands up because his vehicle had broken down and the police shot them,” Crump said.

That case was captured on video, something Crump says makes all the difference when considering criminal charges.

Crump has seen protests devolve into riots, and even though he’s not involved in the Clemmons case, he says it’s important to let the investigation run its course.

"If somebody used excessive force, you want them to be held accountable,” Crump said. “If he didn't do anything wrong, then you want him to be acquitted, but you want there to be justice.”

Protesters blocked streets from East Nashville to downtown on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a post attributed to Clemmons’ mother Sheila Clemmons Lee said, “don't tare (sic) the city down don't riot cause I want our city to set the example to other cities. Rioting will not help just continue to pray for us.”

Clemmons-Lee’s attorney confirmed the statement came from the grieving mother.

The Davidson county District Attorney’s office says it will review the police investigation and publish the entire report online when it's complete.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency released a statement regarding the shooting:

We were saddened to learn of Friday’s incident at Cayce Place. While Jocques Clemmons was not an MDHA resident, we understand that he frequently visited family at Cayce Place and have expressed our condolences to his loved ones.
We are not aware of any threats of resident evictions for organizing on our property. MDHA does not prohibit activities involving our residents, as long as the resident activities do not violate the terms of their lease. Our lease follows the guidance provided in federal housing regulations and has terms similar to most standard leases, which call for residents to be respectful to their neighbors in maintaining a peaceful environment for all.
Our priority is always the well-being of our residents and the peaceful enjoyment of their homes.
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