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Several national civil rights lawyers join the legal team for Jawan Dallas’ family

Jawan Dallas was a 36-year-old Black man who was killed after being tased by police July 2. 

Family of Jawan grieve his passing during a July press conference.
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Multiple nationally recognized civil rights attorneys have joined the legal team representing the family of Jawan Dallas, a 36-year-old Black man who was killed after being tased by police July 2. 

Ben Crump, Lee Merritt, and John Burris are the attorneys joining the legal team already comprising Harry Daniels and Roderick Van Daniel. The attorneys have represented several families in important civil rights cases including the families of George Floyd, Tyre Nichols, Trayvon Martin and more.

“It should be clear that this isn’t a game to us,” Daniels said. “We don’t come together like this for nothing. So let this put the Mobile Police Department on notice. We’re fighting for Jawan Dallas. We’re fighting for justice and we won’t stop until justice is done. How long that takes is up to them.”

Bishop William Barber also provided his support to the Dallas family and condemned the Mobile Police Department’s actions regarding Jawan’s death. 

“Whether it’s manufacturing a narrative that tried to blame Jawan Dallas for his own death or waiting until July 4th to release it when no one was watching, the Mobile Police Department has done everything in its power to hide the simple truth that their officers tased an innocent bystander to death,” Barber said. “But I believe in the truth and I’m proud to join the Dallas family, their attorneys and the people of Mobile, AL as they fight to bring that truth into the sunlight.”

The story of Dallas’s death has been picked up by national media outlets like CNN. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has also been called in to help investigate what occurred and Daniels has stated previously a lawsuit will be filed to hold those responsible for Dallas’s death to account.

“This isn’t just about Jawan Dallas. This is about all of us because if they can tase an innocent bystander until he dies over what was, at best, a trespassing call, then none of us are safe,” Merritt said.

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Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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