George Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump to visit Mill Fire site

George Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump to visit Mill Fire site

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented the families after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, said he now represents “several dozen” people who live in Lincoln Heights, the historically Black community in Weed that was largely destroyed after the Mill Fire ripped through the area in early September.

Blenda Clark Long, left, walks with civil rights attorney Ben Crump on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, as they go to the burned-down home of Long's aunt, Marilyn Hilliard, so Clark can lay flowers there. Hilliard died in the Sept. 2 Mill Fire and Long's uncle suffered burns.

Crump said he’d be talking with those wildfire victims during a town hall meeting being held at 5 p.m. Friday at Wayside Church of God in Christ, 1147 Church Ave. in Weed.

When it ignited on Sept. 2, the Mill Fire destroyed most of Lincoln Heights, Weed’s historically Black neighborhood.

“People living in this community, they were not people who could afford to pay for hotels and buy new cars and new phones, just the basic things that were destroyed in this man-made catastrophe,” said Florida-based Crump.