Attorney Ben Crump hopes George Floyd's death is the ‘tipping point' for change in US

The lawyer for George Floyd’s family speaks with "The View" co-hosts on the impact of Floyd’s death and how Derek Chauvin’s trial could lead to police reform.
4:40 | 04/07/21

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Transcript for Attorney Ben Crump hopes George Floyd's death is the ‘tipping point' for change in US
Mr. Crump, so much is riding on the outcome of this trial for George Floyd's family, for Minneapolis and for the country as a whole. You're in Minneapolis. How is the community feeling? Are they prepared for the worst if there's a hung jury or a not guilty verdict? Meghan, I've been a civil rights lawyer my entire professional career. I've been black all my life. So, I understand completely that there's never a guarantee. We can never take for granted that a police officer will be held accountable for killing a black person, no matter how much objective evidence we have in America. So, we are cognizant of that. But, I see this case as really galvanizing people, multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-geographical to come together and say, America, we are better than this. I think about the time after George Floyd, I got invited by truist bank, their CEO said something profound in introducing me. He said the reason I have Ben crump coming to talk to us about social justice is because it came personal. I'm an older white man. Some might say I'm conservative. I live in a gated community. I had my neighbor come and knock on my door and he said, Kelly, do you see what's going on out there? He said people are marching in the streets. People are protesting. Cities are on fire. He said, we got to call somebody. Somebody has to do something. He said, as he sat there and looked at his friend, Meghan, he said he couldn't think of somebody's phone number. He couldn't think of somebody's address. He couldn't think of somebody's name. After a moment of contemplation, he looked at his friend and concluded, where are these somebodies that have to do something? We're the somebodies that have to find a solution. It's not just their problem. It's all our problem. It's an American problem. We can work together and solve this problem once and for all if we just confront it head on and we have a better world for all our children. I thought it was so profound to hear this older, white, corporate executive talk about this issue as I have never seen my white brothers and sisters talk about it after watching this video of George Floyd. Wow. Mr. Crump the house has passed the George Floyd policing act and president Biden is said to be closely watching the trial. Do you think a guilty verdict will bring police reform on a federal level in this country? Well, my hope is that George Floyd is the tipping point in America to finally have this conversation that we have long ignored, to have this racial reckoning of sorts to say that marginalized minorities should expect justice, not partial justice where it's a civil settlement, but you can't get a criminal conviction. No. We have to live up to our ideals that we declare in our declaration of Independence, that we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equally. They're endowed by their creator with certain rights -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In America that means all of us, black people too, hispanic people too, Asian people. It means all of us, America. That's why we have to pass the George Floyd justice and policing act. We have to expect our public safety departments and officials to provide public safety equally and equitably to all of us in all of our communities.

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