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FutureStarrThe Legal Team for the Family of Shanquella Robinson to Meet With White House
The legal team for Shanquella Robinson's family is asking that the White House intervene to help them get justice. Attorney Benjamin Crump is expected to meet with senior White House officials soon.
Last week, attorneys representing the family sent a letter to the White House pleading for intervention in their case. This 18-page document includes findings from Mexico's medical examiner autopsy report.
Attorney Benjamin Crump, a leading advocate in the fight against police brutality, plans to meet with White House officials soon. His advocacy on behalf of families like the Robinsons and all Americans of color has contributed to an increased level of awareness about police killings of people of color across America.
Crump, known as "Black America's attorney general," has represented families of people killed by police, such as Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tyre Nichols. Additionally he represents two Cocoa teens shot dead by Brevard County sheriff's deputies.
He is also involved in the case of an African American man paralyzed from the waist down by Hollywood police, for which he is demanding accountability and has filed a lawsuit against both the city of Hollywood and its police department.
On Friday morning, the lawyer is in the middle of filing up to 98 civil suits related to last month's tragedy at Astroworld Festival, in which over 200 people were injured and one 9-year-old boy remains on life support. At a press conference held alongside victims' families on Friday morning, he pledged that federal authorities would either prosecute those responsible or extradite them back to Mexico.
His work has earned him a reputation as an uncompromising advocate for justice and equality, taking a strategic approach to his cases. As reported by Reuters this year, he often uses social media and smartphone videos to bring his cases into the spotlight of national debate.
Crump often represents his clients on a contingency basis, meaning that he receives a percentage of the final settlement. But it's rare for high-profile cases in Maryland to result in substantial civil settlements, according to an investigation by Reuters.
But in the wake of the deaths of Floyd, Arbery and Taylor, Crump is helping to focus public attention on an extensive list of police violence in America. He believes that we are on the cusp of a groundbreaking movement for equal justice across our nation.
On Thursday, the legal team for Shanquella Robinson's family announced they will meet with White House and Senate officials shortly. At a press conference held that day, attorney Benjamin Crump stated that this meeting is expected to take place "after April 1."
Mexico authorities have identified a person of interest in the death of Shanquella Robinson. She died last October while traveling with friends to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and her family believes she was murdered.
Social media video footage recently surfaced of a woman brutally beating Robinson. Her family is demanding justice and has requested that the suspect be extradited to Mexico so she can face charges in her death.
She succumbed to a severe neck and spine injury, with investigators looking into whether this could have been an intentional homicide, according to ABC News.
Robinson, 25, had a reputation as an hard worker who gave back to her community. Additionally, she worked at the Charlotte Police Department where she received training in first aid techniques.
Her friends initially informed the family she died from alcohol poisoning; however, a death certificate obtained by a Charlotte news outlet shows she suffered trauma to her neck and spine due to "severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation," or dislocation of a ring-shaped bone supporting the skull.
The grisly video that went viral online last month brought attention to the case and spurred her family on a mission for justice. Sue-Ann Robinson, their lawyer, made a fact finding trip to Mexico last month in pursuit of answers.
In their letter, she and Crump demanded that the White House and State Department intervene in Shanquella's case to expedite proceedings. Additionally, they compared her situation to that of four Americans kidnapped last week in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Robinson and Crump assert that the American government has already made an intervention request for one of the four Americans in Matamoros, and experts state it's not unheard-of to extradite an American citizen from the United States to Mexico for criminal charges. However, Robinson and Crump believe there has been a delay in responding to their complaints, citing their own experience as proof that protocol should be adhered to differently.
The parents of a North Carolina woman who died while traveling to Mexico have seen video footage that depicts their daughter being brutally beaten inside a hotel room. Her family hopes the FBI will assist them with investigating her death, according to WCNC Charlotte.
Shanquella Robinson, 25, went on vacation with friends from Winston-Salem State University in October and passed away within 24 hours after arriving in San Jose del Cabo. According to US and Mexican authorities, doctors discovered her body at the same villa she had stayed at during that period of time.
According to her autopsy report, the doctor who treated her said she suffered a severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation - an instability or excessive movement of the uppermost neck vertebrae - from her injuries. But according to her family members, it appears she had been strangled before her body was discovered.
They have witnessed a video online which appears to show one of her friends punching and beating her in the room she had rented in Cabo, where other friends were staying. At one point during the assault, a man recording it can be heard asking "Quella can you at least fight back?" To which Robinson replied with an emphatic "No!"
She was then repeatedly hit in the head, back and neck as she lay on the floor. The video also captured a man watching the altercation as well as other people present in the room.
Authorities have yet to identify the woman, who was said to be close friends of Robinson but whose identity hasn't been released by authorities. In November, Baja California Sur prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for a person of interest in the case.
Last week, Daniel de la Rosa Anaya from the prosecutor's office in Baja California Sur informed local media about their efforts to start extradition proceedings. They are consulting with federal officials from both Mexico and the US about this request for extradition, according to his remarks.
Next week, Shanquella Robinson's legal team plans to meet with White House officials and demand justice for their daughter. Sue-Ann Robinson, her family attorney, believes that if an investigation and arrest aren't made soon after her passing, it could amount to femicide.
Five months after Shanquella Robinson was brutally beaten to death in Mexico, her family is still waiting for justice. They requested a meeting with President Obama at their first press conference back in March but have yet to receive an official response.
Activists have held numerous rallies in Charlotte and other cities nationwide, with many of them chanting the phrase "Justice for Shanquella" as they stand together. The family has retained Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney who handles numerous high-profile cases including several homicide investigations.
On Friday at Livingstone College in Charlotte, Crump and other activists stood alongside Robinson's mother and sister to demand a meeting with White House and Senate officials. Additionally, they've asked President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to intervene in the case in order to help bring someone to justice.
After watching the video of Robinson being beaten, her family has declared they want someone arrested and extradited to Mexico to face charges in her death. They also demand that all six people who were with Robinson at the time of her passing be charged as well.
Mexican authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a person of interest, but no arrests have been made yet. Additionally, the FBI and independent investigations are ongoing.
On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of supporters joined a rally in Downtown Charlotte to demand answers and demand an investigation into the death of Shanquella Robinson. Led by local activist Mario Black - founder of Million Youth March - they demanded answers and called for an investigation.
At the rally, speakers echoed Shanquella's "Justice for Shanquella" rallying cry and demanded justice for her family. As thousands joined in shouts of support, shouts of "Shanquella, you are not forgotten" echoed through the air.
The family is asking President Joe Biden and the Department of State to intervene in their case and bring someone to justice. They request a meeting soon, saying it's high time the U.S. government took action to assist them.