Video Shows Cop Mowing Down Suspect With Patrol Car

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Judge, jury and executioner were the roles played by one DeLand, Fla., police officer as a suspect fled on foot in May before being mowed down by a police cruiser.

According to reports, when an officer attempted to pull over Marlon Brown on the night of May 8 for an alleged seat belt violation, the man attempted to elude police, prompting a high speed chase. When Brown leapt from his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, he quickly ran out of places to run in a neighborhood vegetable garden with an adjoining fence.

The man tripped and fell on his back, at which point he turned toward officers — seemingly to put his hands in the air and surrender. Unfortunately for Brown, Officer James Harris did not exit his vehicle to pursue Brown like other cops on the scene. And when Brown tripped, Harris, who was attempting to catch the man with a squad car, had no time to stop.

That day, Brown received a death sentence.

“Simply put, this was an execution in a vegetable garden,” said Benjamin Crump, the family’s lawyer, of Brown’s death.

According to Click Orlando, the original medical examiner’s report said there is no evidence Brown was struck by the vehicle.

But Crump contends that the video, which police initially refused to release to the public, tells a different story. See the video here.

“The officer came at Marlon with such velocity that once if he fell or not he could not have stopped,” he said. “And for what? An alleged seat belt violation. That’s why we were having this high speed chase?”

While Brown had a long criminal record (he previously served jail time for drug possession and had been arrested more than two dozen times in 20 years), his family said that the incident was unjustifiable and a simple case of “vehicular manslaughter.”

DeLand Police Chief William Ridgway said in a statement that Harris’ conduct was not “consistent with our department’s training, directives or accepted practices or techniques” and that the officer has been fired.

A grand jury decided not to charge Harris with a crime.

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  • Harold Olsen

    On the surface, this appears to be a clear case of murder, with a cop using his car to deliberately run over someone who refused to acknowledge his authority. That could very well be the case. It could also be that the cop had a good, and legitimate, reason for not chasing the man on foot. The article says he could not stop in time. These days, I don’t have much respect for cops. But, in this case, there is not enough evidence to show what really happened. I did not view the video. Videos do not always tell the full story.

    • vicki

      No one here is going to view the video. It has been taken down.

      • John

        You have only to scroll down farther and the video is there. The thug got run over and the cop, good or bad saved we the people a lot of money. No court, no free attorney, no food, no prison uniform, no having to read about the poor thug being persecuted and put in prison for his 21rst conviction.
        Of course the parents will scream and yell about how our system is against the black man. How about the truth. The black man has family issues, that teach him hos to break the law but not how to make a living honestly.

        • James

          Exactly, teach a man to fish, he can live a decent life, teach a man to steal, he will meet his maker sooner than later. 20 convictions and we have all the libtards and racists calling for jail time for a cop who accidentally ran over this p*r*i*c*k

      • Robert Messmer

        I watched the video several times. While harsh, the man’s death appears to be accidental. Does go to my contention that seat belt laws are wrong for adults. Had there been no nanny state requirement for the police to enforce, they would not have been chasing him.

  • dan

    O saw the clip elsewhere…unarmed and fleeing ..non confrontaional and nonviolent…
    Bullet …car …excessive force . Dead is dead and murder is murder…
    the police need to be kept on their leash and muzzeled by the law.
    To not punish a criminal and violent act equally is to invite anarchy.

    • John

      Ovomit will not intercede in this case. He is planning expanding his powers to total emperor. The police will need to know he will not prosecute them when they abuse there powers. Only rewards for killing innocents.

  • unbridled

    Vehicular homicide! Without a doubt!

    • James

      Vehicular accident, without a doubt, I suppose you would rather call this black on black crime.

      • unbridled

        Black on black crime? I love when people try to put words in my mouth. They usually make fools of themselves and you have done a wonderful job in doing just that.
        I don’t know what color the cop was and I don’t care. He should have been driving to the right side of the suspect, not right at him, to prevent such a thing from happening and to make it possible to get out of the car and subdue the unarmed suspect.
        For gods sake, the kid was on foot. Like I said….Vehicular Homicide….End of story!

        • James

          Not the end of story. Kid, like kids have 20 convictions. Ha, an accident that ended the life of a thug/criminal. To bad it happened, but if the jerk didn’t run away from a “seatbelt” arrest he would be alive today.
          For your information “fool” (remember YOU started the name calling), the cop and the criminal were both black. Does not matter if YOU care. Hmm, chasing him through a field of high grass, making sure he is driving to the “right side of the suspect” yeah, that’s gonna happen.

          • unbridled

            Did you have your glasses on when you watched the video…….Ya know what, screw it! You’re not worth the effort. Call it what you want, you’re the expert….

          • Pplepeu9

            Cops are trained to know how to pursue a suspect in any, including this, situation. The other police cruiser knew what to do when they rolled onto grass that restricted their visibility- he stopped. The adrenaline junky, however, just kept right on racing toward the suspect. And yes, I watched the video, MANY times. He did not even slow down until he made impact with the suspect. Hell, he was only about 30 feet feet from plowing through the resident’s garage! This officer was out of control, and it cost a life. Having a record, even a heavy one, does not make you eligible for the death penalty until a jury says so.

          • Michigan_REB

            Regardless of what the office did this guy put himself in that ssituation and was the cause of his own death. was it worth risking the public and his own death to avoid a seat belt ticket? He thought it was.

  • brownstoneconstr

    where’s al sharpton and the rev jesse on this one. how come obama is not saying this guy could have been his son etc etc…..whats up with dat.

    • Ron r

      Tell you what, why don’t you get Hannitt, O’Riley and the crew at fox on this. Matter if fact this would be a good fight for the author of this story to fight. What’s the problem?? Is it because black men are routinely murdered by police in America?? So Fight The Powers!!!

    • John

      Officer was black also. Can’t have Al and Jesse on that case, it would mean the black community would have to take responsibility for their actions. If there was a white cop within a mile they will be back and blame him to be sure.

    • Robert Messmer

      Maybe they can’t find a picture of him when he was 12 years old.

  • Quester55

    Notice how the powers that be, have forced the movie to be closed down, It’s way past the time to separate the wheat from the chafe & FIX those rouge cops, once & for all!
    Understand, I Don’t advocate the Use of Deadly Force, Just Punishment that fits the Crime, Without Killing. The same goes for all Rouge Law Enforcement & Judges that let these psychopaths Murder without Restraint !!

    • James

      It was an accident that he ran over the guy, he lost track of the fool who probably tried to hide in the tall grass and picked the wrong spot. No cop is trained to run over a criminal. Did you see the video, no, didn’t think so.

  • jdn

    He got fired with no charges , so that means he will just be a cop in another town . Its been proven over and over that being a cop is pretty much equal to being exempt from punishment . Kinda like our politicians , the only thing that gets them in any trouble is a sex scandal everything else is a free pass .

    • John

      Whoa, the guy was a thug. he committed a crime and ran, he should have surrendered and all this could have been avoided. He chose to run and fell in a garden and got run over. So the positives here. No court costs, no prison expenses. No food bills to pay for to feed this scumbag for the next ten years. Those are all the quick think positives. there are more of course. One more thug removed from our population. His parents complaining about the force used. How about the parents not teaching right from wrong and how to succeed in life with hard work and using your brain instead of stealing because you are to lazy to work.

      • Pplepeu9

        Well then, why don’t we all just go out and start running down everyone we think has committed a crime? Think of all the court and legal costs we’ll save when you get shot in the back for running from a cop who pulls his gun on you for jaywalking!

        • John

          That sounds like a great idea. We start by labeling all the liberals and make them free game 12 months of the year. We can start with you. The point I was making is this guy has been a career criminal and has just done another one and instead of surrendering which in his case was the smartest thing he could have done, he ran. What proof in this case did the officer have that he did not have a gun? 20 convictions, you don’t take chances with a thug like that. The officer was fired in any case. Excessive force.

          • Pplepeu9

            First of all, don’t make assumptions, because you know what they will make of you! For the record, I am a very conservative Constitutional Republican. We are generally the ones decrying a police force overstepping their bounds. So I then have to wonder about you, who seems to have no respect for due process and Constitutional rights regarding excessive force, among other things. A police officer has no right or power under the law to execute a suspect, even if they do evade arrest. They can’t shoot them in the back as they run, and they can’t run them down and execute them with their vehicle. Until he is found guilty by a jury of his peers and sentenced to death for a capital crime, no has the right to execute him, regardless of his previous record or current suspected offenses. Oh yes, and a cop certainly can not execute a suspect because he thinks it’s possible he might have a gun. You evidently need some lessons on what constitutes probable cause and excessive force. I’m no longer wondering who the liberal is in this conversation, as your true colors are evident by your comments.

          • Robert Messmer

            You need to learn the difference between an accident and an execution.

          • Quester55

            A-MEN !!!

      • ibn insha

        John,
        He did not commit a crime. He was being chased for not wearing seat belt which is a minor offense. He was innocent as he was not being sought by the law. No warrants were outstanding for his arrest. Although nature got us rid of a criminal but defending the police officer’s bad behavior is wrong. Police needs to be restrained to protect good people from bad police. Authority comes with responsibility.

        • Michigan_REB

          this guys died because he made a choice. The officer didn’t run him over on purpose he fell and there wasn’t time to stop. The officer did not know at the time why the guy ran. Innocernt people dffo not run at high speed. As far as protecting good people you are right but this guy wasn’t a good person his arrest record proves that.

          • Quester55

            Michigan Goon, Who Died & Made You god??
            Are YOU telling the rest of us that as your Perfect, you have the right to pass judgement on this NOW DEAD MAN ??
            as For Being Good or Not, It’s NOT your CALL!!

    • James

      Have to agree with John here. This guy is a career criminal, over 20 arrests on his record. The cop accidentally did the state and the nation a favor. The three strikes law should have put the idiot in jail for life by now, what does he expect when he RUNS from a seat belt violation. Must have been some heavy criminal activity going on.

      • Quester55

        ACCIDENTALLY hit the suspect??????
        Did you go to a School for the Blind??
        This Swine Drove Straight at the man & Only applied his Breaks AFTER THE FACT! That was NO Accident, That was Cold, Calculated, MURDER!!

  • Fred

    LEOs should be allowed to stop people for seat belt infractions.

    • Quester55

      and Citizens ought to be allowed to Beat & Arrest Cops When They break the Laws as Well!

      • REK

        how about don’t run from the cops, if you run you put your own life in harms way

        • Quester55

          Looking at recent L.E.O. History, It No longer matters if you Stand Still or Run, These Rogue Cops will stop at nothing, To JUDGE, Sentence & Execute you for the Tiniest of infractions! It wouldn’t surprise me if Many of them are MUSLIMS in Disguise, for the way they beat even the old & elderly!
          Pining a Badge on a Terrorist & calling it an “Leo”, is not the way to run a modern police Force, but I do expect they’ll be Chopping off heads next!

  • Chris

    Oh my God………..this article is so hilariously funny! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it……….what “entertainment”!!!!!!! True, WHY was the idiot running from the police? And, true…….no more piece of crap raping the taxpayers………..yay!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Quester55

      What a happy P.O.S. you Are, Chris, to Think, A Man Gets Murdered in front of your eyes & you think it’s Funny. Would it be Just as Funny to you if it was Your Dad or Mom, Lying Dead on that cold Ground ?Ya, I can see how Funny their Deaths must have been for the likes of You!!

      • Chris

        It would not be my dad or mom because THEY were not scum of the earth like Marlon Brown………..and I’m all for getting rid of scum.

        • Quester55

          Your Self-Hate is Showing, Chris, it’s a Shame that you should call yourself Scum. But it’s your Right, Go for it!

          • Chris

            Reading is fundamental.

      • Robert Messmer

        There was no murder. There was an accident.