Family Of Man Run Over By Cop Files Complaint

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By: Lanetra Bennett
September 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The family of a Florida man who was run over and killed by a police officer is now asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to step in.

Family members say what's in the police dashcam video does not match up with the results in Marlon Brown's autopsy report.

Brown's Ex-wife, Krystal Brown, says, "The video speaks the truth. Over 3 million people have viewed the video. We just believe that we deserve an independent investigator to come in and take a look at it."

Krystal Brown walked into the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Friday morning, and delivered that request for an independent investigation into her ex-husband's death.

Police say 38-year-old Marlon Brown ran from Deland, Florida police back on May 8th after officers tried to pull him over for a seat belt violation.

Officer James Harris was fired for running Brown over with his patrol car.

Brown's attorney, Ben Crump, says, "You see him come around two other cars that had stopped their pursuit. He goes through the back yard and he goes through the vegetable garden. If you don't call that reckless, I don't know what you call it. He was executed in a vegetable garden for an alleged seat belt violation."

Crump has filed a complaint against the chief medical examiner, Dr. Marie Herrmann. Crump says, "Dr. Shiping Bao says he wanted to put in the report that it was a traumatic homicide. However, he was told he could not put that in the autopsy report. Then, subsequent, Dr. Herrmann puts in the autopsy report the manner of death as an accident; which is totally contradictory to what Dr. Shiping Bao wanted to put."

Krystal Brown says, "With God on our side, he's going to see us through this all the way to the end. We're just trying to get justice."

An FDLE spokesperson says they will review the complaint and gather additional documents. She says all documents will then be given to the Chair of the Medical Examiners Commission, who will determine where to go from there.

DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- The family of a man who was killed after a Deland police officer ran over him with his squad car during a chase is questioning the accuracy of the autopsy.

Marlon Brown's family on Friday asked a Florida Department of Law Enforcement commission to conduct an independent review of the autopsy.

Brown's family says the conclusions reached by the medical examiner's office don't make sense.

The cause of death was ruled accidental.

A dash-cam video released earlier this month shows the squad car following Brown, who slips and falls as the vehicle keeps going.

He had been pulled over for a seatbelt violation.

A grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing by the officer. The officer was fired and city of Deland reached a civil settlement with Brown's family.

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