“Vehicular Manslaughter, Another Black Man Struck by Police Officers”
On PowerTalk With Lorraine Jacques-White today is Monday and Sister’s In Law stop by to give us some legal advise on another horrific case, with a black man getting struck down by police officals. The family of a Florida man, Marlon Brown, is seeking independent investigations into the night he was run over by a DeLand, Fla., police cruiser while fleeing officers through a vegetable garden.
Brown’s family this week released a graphic video of the final moments before his May 8 death. It showed footage taken from the patrol car’s dashboard of Brown leaping from his car and running away from officers. Brown tripped and fell shortly before he was struck and disappeared under a patrol vehicle.
The video then showed Officer James Harris, who was driving the car, jumping out and yelling at another officer, Justin Ferrari, “I think he’s underneath the f***ing car.” Both officers then attempted unsuccessfully to lift the cruiser off Brown. The family was promped to release the video after a grand jury for the state attorney’s office determined last week that there was not enough evidence to criminally prosecute Harris.
“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 was not available for further comments.
Brown previously served jail time for drug possession and had been arrested more than two dozen times in 20 years. His family said Brown did not do anything wrong the night he was killed, referring to the incident “vehicular manslaughter.”
“We feel betrayed by our criminal justice system,” said Brown’s wife, Krystle Brown, who reached a $550,000 settlement with the city of DeLand in August. “The video is important and speaks the truth.”
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