Attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the family of Corey Jones, said on Thursday that evidence showed that the church musician died without knowing he had been shot by a police officer.
At a press conference with Jones’ family, Crump explained that Jones had legally purchased a firearm because he was a drummer and was often paid in cash after late night gigs.
“He went a couple of years ago to make sure he got his proper paperwork to have protection, as any American has a right to do under the Second Amendment,” Crump said.
“The one thing that remains unanswered is why this plain clothes cop in an unmarked van would have this encounter with Corey, who was waiting on the tow truck,” the attorney noted. “And he ended up dead with three bullets in his body.”
Crump wondered how people were supposed to act when they were approached on the side of the road by an officer who was not in uniform and refused to identify himself.
“If you are ever approached by an un-uniformed cop, how do we really know he’s a cop?” he asked. “Isn’t the burden on the cop to make sure that the citizen knows that he is a real cop. So, Corey won’t feel like he’s about to be mugged or he’s about to be robbed or he’s about to be killed on the side of the road at 3 in the morning?”
According to information the authorities provided to the family, the officer “never displayed a badge” to Jones, Crump said.
“We believe Corey went to his grave not knowing whether this was a real cop or not,” Crump added. “We don’t know what Corey would have known other than what the person that shot him tells us.”
“And so, the family refuses to accept the person that shot their Corey [on the officer’s] word alone,” he insisted. “They want answers and if [the officer] did improper things, if he used excessive force, we want him to be held accountable to the full measure of the law.”
“Because they know Corey did not deserve to be killed on the side of the road by somebody who was supposed to protect and serve him while he waited on a tow truck.”
Watch the video below via Lulu Ramadan.
Rick Santorum smacked down for claiming Sondland testimony helped Trump
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.
"I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don't think they had a good afternoon," said Santorum. "I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit."
"How so?" asked Chris Cuomo.
"He said the president never said any of these things to him," said Santorum. "In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there's no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I'm surmising, this is what I'm just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani."
‘The cost of acquitting Donald Trump just went up’ for the Republicans: MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid
MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid explained during the post-hearing wrap-up that things aren't looking good for Republican senators up for reelection in 2020.
In the wake of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony, things are getting more difficult for Republicans faced with a vote on impeachment.
"Even if [the numbers] don't move, the problem is going to be a lot of these people have to run for re-election, letting the president off the hook when it's pretty clear what happened," Reid said. "This is pretty simple, and if I'm Cory Gardener (R-CO), I'm not feeling great."
Brian Williams noted that Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) is one of the many Republicans "who's leaving town on a fast horse." If anyone could be pealed off by Democrats, Williams thinks it is Hurd.
Impeachment inquiry hearing bursts into laughter after Schiff burns Devin Nunes
The final speeches of the House Intelligence Committee came as the clock approached 8 p.m. EST.
Ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) made a passionate speech comparing the impeachment inquiry to the Spanish Inquisition but claimed that people who were murdered were actually treated better because they know their accuser. According to History.com, however, "those accused of heresy were forced to testify. If the heretic did not confess, torture and execution were inescapable. Heretics weren’t allowed to face accusers, received no counsel, and were often victims of false accusations."