Buckle up… or they’ll kill you!

FLORIDA – Marlon Brown was on the run from a seatbelt violation, sprinting through a vegetable garden when DeLand police decided to end the foot chase by running him down with their cruiser. A second before Brown was killed he turned to put his hands in the air. But it was too late for officers who decided to take his life.

Officer James Harris decided to run over Brown, killing him instantly. The Chief of Police William Ridgway fired Officer Harris after reviewing the video. However, last week a grand jury found that the officer will not face criminal charges. A $500,000 settlement was reached and the family is pushing for an independent investigation.

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3 Responses

  1. Yourownfault

    If the person just pulled over and did not give a chase it would not have happened. The officer should have had a better reaction to stopping, however it was not like the person was standing their, they were running away, fell to the ground and put their hands up in a split second. Don’t run from the cops when you are being pulled over or face consequences. Individual responsibility

  2. Jame Gumb

    Pretty biased reporting. “Decided” is used twice trying to make readers think that the officer intentionally ran this guy over. Also saying the driver “put his hands up” inferring he was surrendering. Watching the video this guy fell and was putting his hands up in an instinctual manner to “push away” danger. He was not surrendering. Should the cop be fired? Sure, there was poor driving and decision making and it ended up killing someone. But to make this out as brazenly intentional is a stretch.

  3. Christopher Anthony

    That cop should be behind bars for involuntary manslaughter at the least.