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Family of man run over in police chase releases dash cam video

Marlon Brown was hit by a police car following a chase in DeLand, Fl.  His family is calling for an investigation. 09-16-13
Marlon Brown was hit by a police car following a chase in DeLand, Fl. His family is calling for an investigation.
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Updated: 9/19/2013 12:07 pm
DELAND, Fla. -- The family of a man killed during a police chase in DeLand released video of the incident in Volusia County.

Police dashcam video released on Wednesday shows then-DeLand Police Officer James Harris in hot pursuit, chasing Marlon Brown after Brown jumped from a car and took off on foot.

The video shows Brown slip and fall. As he is getting back up, it appears he was struck by the front of Harris' patrol car. Brown died in the incident.

"Myself, my children, Marlon's family, we feel betrayed by the justice system," said Brown's former wife Krystal Brown.

Krystal Brown, the mother of Marlon Brown's three children, released the video.

Police were following Marlon Brown, trying to pull him over on a traffic stop, when he took off.

Harris was eventually fired from the department.

The State Attorney's Office sent the case to a grand jury. The jurors decided charges were not warranted against Harris.

"Simply put, this was an execution in a vegetable garden," said Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump.

After watching the video, Marlon Brown's family and their attorney are calling for an outside agency to investigate. They said the medical examiner's report said Brown wasn't struck by the car, and they question what evidence was actually shown to the grand jury.

The medical examiner's report said Brown wasn't struck by the vehicle, but slipped and was run over, even though in the video, it appears he was hit.

That autopsy was done by Dr. Shiping Bao, the same examiner who did Trayvon Martin's' autopsy, offered conflicting testimony during George Zimmerman's trial and was recently fired.

"We feel they have lied to us. But the video is important and it speaks the truth," said Krystal Brown.

The family said they feel that anyone else in the officer's position would have been charged with vehicular homicide.

The police chief said in a statement Wednesday the department is still in the midst of an internal review.

Residents in the neighborhood said they could hardly bear to watch the video.

"It was hard enough the first day. You got to relive it every day," said resident Latoya Jackson. "He just ran him down like he was a dog. It was not right."


Video: WFTV Orlando
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