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.
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.