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Family to request independent investigation
By BEACON STAFF
posted Sep 18, 2013 - 3:19:54pm
Marlon Brown's family today, Sept 18, will make public video from the dashboard camera in the police cruiser that ran Brown over and killed him.
Julison Communications, on behalf of the family, announced that the family's attorney will also ask that an independent investigation be conducted by authorities outside the DeLand area, to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against James Harris, the DeLand officer who ran over Brown.
Harris, a rookie officer still on probation with the DeLand Police Department when Marlon Brown was killed May 8, was fired May 31 by the City of DeLand, but a Volusia County grand jury ruled that Harris should not face criminal charges.
The announcement from Julison said Krystal Brown, the former wife and mother of 38-year-old Marlon Brown's three children, along with attorney Benjamin Crump, will address members of the news media at the Chisholm Community Center today about the grand jury's recent decision to not indict Harris.
Because a person's death was depicted, state law prohibited public release of the video from the dashboard cameras of Harris' squad car and that of a second DeLand officer involved in the pursuit that ended Marlon Brown's life.
By law, the video could be released only to family members. Krystal Brown earlier had told members of the news media the family wanted to watch the video privately before deciding whether it should be made public.
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