Family of a black man killed by police last year are looking for equity, purportedly recording a $100 million illegitimate passing claim. In December 10, 2021, Terrence Caffey got into a fight with workers at the Movie Tavern in Little Rock, Arkansas. Police, including the Captain, were dispatched to the scene to escort Caffey out of the theater following his concerns about his food order.
According to TBH 11, attorney Ben Crump took over the case after the Pulaski County prosecutor decided that the officers involved would not be charged with a crime. Crump’s team was able to obtain new angles of officers carrying Caffey out of the theater before putting their hands on his neck and kneeling on his back, according to body camera footage. Crump and the family claim that the video evidence shows the officers used excessive force and disregarded Caffey, informing them he could not breathe.
“When you hear a man who is unarmed, handcuffed, in a prone position, saying ‘I can’t breathe’, what do you do?You put your knee even deeper into his back?Why didn’t a grand jury look into it?Crump stated at the Allison Memorial Presbyterian Church press conference.
Arkansas Online says that the family’s lawyers asked the U.S. Department of Justice to look into how the police acted. A medical examiner’s opinion stated that Caffey died of “sickle cell trait-related sickling crisis during exertion, struggle, and restraint” in a letter to Pulaski County Sheriff Eric Higgins on September 16. Apparently, the death was ruled a homicide; However, the coroner noted that there was no indication of criminal activity. The publication claims that Caffey was accused by the police of acting erratically and fighting with employees of the cinema. The family claimed that the involved officers’ treatment of Caffey was motivated by racial prejudice.