The lawyer representing the household of the Missouri teen who fatally plunged from an amusement park journey known as his dying “the worst tragedy captured on video” since George Floyd’s killing.
Lawyer Ben Crump made the comparability Tuesday whereas visiting the scene the place Tyre Sampson, 14, died final month whereas on the Free Fall journey at Icon Park in Orlando.
“Apart from George Floyd’s tragic torture video, I feel that is the worst tragedy captured on video that I’ve ever seen,” mentioned Crump, according to FOX 35.
Crump, who’s representing Tyre’s father, Yarnell Sampson, additionally took on the Floyd household as shoppers following his Could 2020 dying by the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota who kneeled on his neck for greater than 9 minutes.
Crump mentioned Tuesday that Tyre’s dying was “utterly preventable.”
“We’re doing an intensive investigation into the tragic killing of this 14-year-old little one who ought to have by no means been killed,” he mentioned.
Wrenching video of Sampson’s fall shortly unfold on-line, during which the teenager may very well be seen plunging from the 450-foot journey roughly two-thirds of the way in which down its descent.
Staffers informed investigators that his security shoulder harness was nonetheless locked after the journey got here to a cease however state probers haven’t issued any last conclusions.
Sampson’s father has said that his son — who weighed nicely over 300 kilos — had been turned away from different rides as a result of security issues concerning his measurement.
“Watch out when seeing if massive visitors match into the seats,” a guide for the attraction states. “Examine that they match throughout the contours of the seat and the bracket suits correctly. If this isn’t so — Don’t let this particular person journey.”
Florida rapper OK Osiris has pledged to pay for Sampson’s funeral.
Along with the Floyds, Crump has represented a slew of high-profile shoppers in civil rights circumstances — together with the households of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery.