DeLand case attracts Crump’s attention

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Attorney attends meeting relating to Black resident’s death by White officer

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s parents, spoke at a town-hall style meeting Tuesday night in DeLand. More than 100 people attended the meeting at Greater Union First Baptist Church to voice their demand for a petition to have a fired DeLand Police Department officer arrested in a local resident’s death.

Attorney Ben Crump, holding a microphone, speaks at a meeting Tuesday night at Greater Union First Baptist Church in DeLand. The panel, which is seated up front, included Florida Rep. Dwayne Taylor, third from left.(PHOTO COURTESY OF ASHLEY THOMAS)

Attorney Ben Crump, holding a microphone, speaks at a meeting Tuesday night at Greater Union First Baptist Church in DeLand. The panel, which is seated up front, included Florida Rep. Dwayne Taylor, third from left.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF ASHLEY THOMAS)

The conversation was about Marlon Brown, a Black DeLand resident who was run over and killed by James Harris during a pursuit on May 8.

State Rep. Dwayne Taylor informed the crowd at the meeting that the State Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation and is treating the case as a homicide and not an accident.  The investigation is to be completed by the end of September.

Crump pointed out that a videotape of the incident “will tell us what happened that night.”

The dash cam video from Harris’ patrol car and other evidence gathered by the FDLE in their two-month investigation has been given to the state attorney’s office.

Volusia County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack urged those attending the meeting to start a petition now and not wait for the report due to come in September.

Others speaking at the meeting included DeLand Commissioner Vonzelle Johnson, members of Brown’s family and area clergy.

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