Family Releases Video of Man Killed by Cop Car

Marlon Brown just before being run over.Credit: screencapThe family of a Florida man, who was run over and killed by a police vehicle, released a video of the incident and is calling for an independent investigation after a grand jury decided that the officer responsible should not face criminal charges.

As Reason reported earlier this year, police spotted Marlon Brown driving without wearing a seat belt. Brown, who had previous encounters with the law, took off and a chase ensued. Several cop cars followed him to a dead-end street, at which point Brown hopped out of his car and ran. Although the other officers stopped their vehicles, Officer James Harris continued driving, ran over, and killed Brown. Harris was quickly suspended and then fired.

However, a grand jury decided earlier this week that criminal charges would not be pressed against the officer. According to the Orlando Sentinel, “the city of DeLand reached a $550,000 settlement with the Browns but did not admit to any wrongdoing in the deadly chase that began with a traffic stop for a suspected seat belt violation.”

According to WKMG, “the medical examiner's report said there is no evidence Brown was struck by the vehicle.” Rather, Brown suffocated after being run over by the vehicle.

Krystle, Brown's ex-wife, who said she “feel[s] betrayed by our criminal justice system,” decided to release the dash-cam video of the event. She believes “the video is important and speaks the truth," which she says contradict the claims of the medical examiner.

"Simply put, this was an execution in a vegetable garden," said attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Brown's ex-wife and three children. Crump previously represented Trayvon Martin's family. "And for what? An alleged seat belt violation. That's why we were having this high speed chase?"

However, not all are convinced the effort will go anywhere. "You're not going to see any prosecutor or any law enforcement agency come behind this grand jury's refusal to indict and file formal charges," said legal analyst Bill Sheaffer.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    At least it went to a grand jury.

  • ||

    I love how Grand Juries are rubber stamps for prosecutors....except when cops are involved. Makes me wonder how much effort the prosecutor actually put into presenting the evidence to the GJ.

  • Ted S.||

    How dare you suggest there's a double standard!

  • Brett L||

    Still rubber stamps for prosecutors. They do exactly what the State wants.

  • Seamus||

    This is pretty solid proof that it's dangerous not to wear your seat belt.

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    +1 click it or ticket die.

  • PapayaSF||

    It's solid proof that it's dangerous to run from the police.

  • Mainer2||

    “the medical examiner's report said there is no evidence Brown was struck by the vehicle.” Rather, Brown suffocated after being run over by the vehicle.

    So....the vehicle ran over him without striking him ?
    And he didn't die from the car hitting him, he suffocated later.
    This sounds like how Kelly Thomas wasn't killed by the police beating him, he died later of brain injuries.

    What. The. Fuck.

  • Brett L||

    No, see he fell under the wheels and it was just coincidence that the cop parked on top of him.

  • Bryan C||

    Obstruction of justice.

  • ||

    Obstruction of justice.


    Literally.

  • Dweebston||

    The homocidal cop played too much GTA, obviously.

  • ||

    Nothing else happened.

  • ||

    Except the family being billed for the damage to the bottom of the cop car.

  • Dweebston||

    They can take it out of the municple taxes on the legal settlement.

  • Dweebston||

    ple, pal. This is what I get for skipping lunch.

  • nipplemancer||

    I see the foul fall down, and a unit hit him. I dont see wrong doing. But he is a probationary officer so the chief ended his employment.
    Oh God!!! Oh God!!! MY ribs hurt from laughing!!!!! OOOOHHHHHH LLLLOOOOOORRRRDDDDDDYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The only problem I see is the rookie ruined a perfectly good vegitable garden...... not sure he should have been fired for it though!
    I feel sorry for the brother; looks like he was trying to flank when the others exited their squads.

    Anyone see that waffle face plant with the grill?
    I wonder what the coroner thought about the FORD emblem in the forehead?
    So the POS "family" get over a half of a million and still want charges?

    -Commentary from the brave and noble men & women who serve and protect the shit out of us, courtesy Policeone.com

  • From the Tundra||

    Fuck, I know I should be used to this by now, but WTF?

    Nice nut punch, btw. Packs a wallop - you have potential nip!

  • Rrabbit||

    Looks like murder to me.

  • Acosmist||

    Really? All the elements of murder? F- drop out of 1L.

  • ||

    Guys...everyone calm down. No officers were harmed.

  • Paul.||

    Officer James Harris continued driving, ran over, and killed Brown. Harris was quickly suspended and then fired.
    [...]
    “the city of DeLand reached a $550,000 settlement with the Browns but did not admit to any wrongdoing in the deadly chase that began with a traffic stop for a suspected seat belt violation.”

    Then why was officer Harris suspended and fired?

  • Paul.||

    According to WKMG, “the medical examiner's report said there is no evidence Brown was struck by the vehicle.” Rather, Brown suffocated after being run over by the vehicle.

    Holy sh... are they really doing this? Are they turning my long-running joke into... reality? He died from lack of oxygen to the brain?

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