A Florida police officer who was fired after allegedly running over and killing a man he was chasing in May will not face criminal charges after a grand jury determined there was not enough evidence for a trial.
Marlon Brown initially refused to stop for Volusia County deputies for a seat belt violation on May 8, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
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DeLand Officer James Harris started chasing Brown, who eventually got out of the vehicle and started running. Officers reportedly followed him in their vehicle through a vegetable garden and then ran him over, killing him.
ABC News reported
that a dash cam recorded the incident. Harris had another officer in the police cruiser, Justin Ferrari.
"I think he's underneath the f— car," Harris yelled at Ferrari after the car struck Brown.
The officers tried but failed to dislodge Brown from under the police car.
Since the incident, the department fired Harris on the grounds that his conduct was not "consistent with our department's training, directives or accepted practices or techniques," the department said in a statement.
The City of DeLand settled with Brown's family for $550,000, according to ABC News.
A grand jury connected with the attorney general's office declined to indict Harris on criminal vehicular manslaughter.
Brown's family says he was doing nothing wrong at the time and called the incident a vehicular manslaughter.
"We feel betrayed by our criminal justice system," Brown's wife, Krystle Brown, told ABC News after the family decided to release the dash cam video of the incident to the public. "The video is important and speaks the truth."
Brown had been arrested more than two dozen times over the past 20 years and had recently served prison time for drug possession.
Brown's family attorney Benjamin Crump told reporters that his alleged violation did not warrant a police chase.
"This was an execution in a vegetable garden," Crump said Wednesday. "The officer came at Marlon with such velocity that ... he could not have stopped. And for what? An alleged seat belt violation. That's why we were having this high speed chase?"
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