ORLANDO, Fla. –– Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has been retained to represent the family of Derek Diaz, a 26-year-old man who was shot by an Orlando police officer on July 3. Diaz was stopped due to suspected drug use and was believed to be armed, but no firearm was recovered from the scene. Diaz died from his injuries shortly after he was shot.
Attorney Crump released the following statement:
“It is heartbreaking for Derek’s family and his little girl to go through this traumatizing loss without much detail or explanation. The most respectful way for the Orlando Police Department to respond to this tragedy is with proactivity, and ultimately, transparency when communicating with the family and the Orlando community. We have been told that footage of Derek’s deadly encounter with police will be available to the public within 30 days, but his family is owed that closure immediately.”
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