Ben Crump, Chicago Lawyer Speak out on Police Shooting of Black Couple

The firing of the officer involved in this week’s tragic and senseless shooting in Waukegan is a first step in police accountabi
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Marcellis Stinnette (on left)  is one of the latest victims of raical policing, as he was shot and killed while he sat in his car with girlfriend Tafara Williams (on right) who is now hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and Ben Crump Law issued the following statement from Attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, who represent 20-year-old Tafara Williams, who was shot and seriously injured by a police officer in Waukegan, Illinois this week, in an incident that also killed her boyfriend, 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette.

“The firing of the officer involved in this week’s tragic and senseless shooting in Waukegan is a first step in police accountability, but does nothing to restore the life and health of the two young people involved. We will press forward with our own investigation into the facts of this tragedy. It is apparent that the relative speed of the decision in the Waukegan case is the direct result of police reforms created by the Taylor and Floyd and Blake and Prude and Williams cases nationwide, as the cry for systemic change is heard loudly across the country.”

Attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio M. Romanucci together also represent the families of George Floyd, Daniel Prude, Byron Williams and other victims of excessive police force around the country.

About Ben Crump Law

Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and his national network of specialized attorneys have spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more, visit or call (800) 935-8111.

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin is a Chicago-based national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death arising from police misconduct, corporate negligence, civil rights actions, medical malpractice, mass torts and class actions. Founded in 1998, the firm is widely recognized for representing plaintiffs in numerous practice areas including: workers’ compensation, pharmaceuticals, civil rights, police misconduct, excessive force, aviation, product liability and premises liability. For more information, please visit or call (312) 458-1000.

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