Petition demands state attorney charge former DeLand officer in killing

More than 100 gathered to support petition

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:04:18 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 14 2013 06:27:18 AM EDT
Community gathers for man
DeLAND, Fla. -

More than 100 people gathered at the Greater Union First Baptist Church in DeLand on Tuesday to voice their support for a petition. That petition is one that's demanding the state attorney's office charge the former officer who killed Marlon Brown, and they want those charges brought by the end of September.

Attorney Benjamin Crump joined the packed church, demanding criminal charges against James Harris, who has since been fired from the Deland Police Department.

"There's a videotape, so we will get to see that video tape eventually," Crump said. "We think the video tape will tell us what happened that night."

The dash cam video from Harris' patrol car, along with radio transmissions and all evidence gathered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in their two month investigation, has been handed over to the state attorney's office for review.

Marlon Brown's father, William Brown, is a police officer in Atlanta, and says he wants to know how much longer it will take for the state attorney to decide whether or not they'll be charging Harris.

"It's been hard for me to wrap my mind around it, the fact that I'm in law enforcement myself and my son's life was taken at the hands of law enforcement, its hard for me to deal with that," William said.

The state attorney's office has had FHP's investigation for over four weeks.

Calls made to check the status of their interview with David Smith, the chief of operations, were not returned on Tuesday.