COCOA, Fla. — The civil rights attorney who has represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor is now representing the families of a man and a boy who were shot and killed by a Brevard County deputy last week.
Attorney Ben Crump announced Tuesday that he will represent the families of Angelo “A.J.” Crooms, 16, and Sincere Pierce, 18, who died after being shot by a deputy in Cocoa, Florida, on Friday.
“These parents are heartbroken, as any parents would be,” Crump said in a statement. “They deserve full transparency and speedy answers about who is responsible for the deaths and the circumstances surrounding their shootings.”
The shooting happened at 10:30 a.m. Friday near Stetson Drive South and Ivy Drive.
“A vehicle was observed in the area of Stetson Drive and Ivy Drive in Cocoa, where deputies attempted to make contact with the occupants,” said Tod Goodyear, a sheriff’s office spokesperson. “At that time, a deputy-involved shooting incident occurred.”
Goodyear did not provide any details about what led up to the shooting.
“For two young Black teens just beginning their lives to be ended is a tragedy and a terrible loss to their families and to the community,” Crump said.