Marlon Brown, 38, of Deland, Florida was killed on May 8 when police officers ran him over in a patrol car and. Now his family has released the graphic video, hoping to receive justice, reports Huffington Post.
The family has been calling for an independent investigation after a grand jury determined last week that there wasn’t enough evidence to criminally prosecute James Harris, the officer driving the patrol car.
“On May 31, the chief of police reviewed the video of the incident. Upon reviewing, he determined the actions in the video did not meet our internal standards,” said DeLand Police Sgt. Chris Estes, who said Harris was fired the same day.
Through dash-cam footage, Harris can be heard saying, “I think he’s underneath the f*cking car.”
Brown was allegedly pulled over for not wearing a seat-belt and allegedly attempted to elude the officers when the incident occurred.
“My children, Marlon’s family — we’re very disappointed,” the victim’s ex-wife, Krystal Brown. “We feel very betrayed by the criminal justice system.”
“This was an execution in a vegetable garden,” the Brown family attorney, Benjamin Crump, told reporters Wednesday. “The officer came at Marlon with such velocity that … he could not have stopped.
“And for what?” asked Crump. “An alleged seat belt violation. That’s why we were having this high speed chase?”
Crump is also the attorney for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of slain Florida teen, Trayvon Martin, who was gunned down on February 26, 2012, by former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
See dashcam footage below (TRIGGER WARNING: Violence, police brutality):
“Personally, this event has weighed heavily on me since it occurred,” DeLand Police Chief William Ridgway said in a statement. “It is always a tragedy when a human life is lost.”
The police department is currently conducting an internal investigation.