Family of Marlon Brown calls fundraiser for fired Deland officer insensitive

Raffle drawing set for Sunday, Oct. 6

DELAND, Fla. - A benefit for fired Deland Police Officer James Harris is angering the family of the man he ran over and killed.

Marlon Brown's ex-wife, Krystal, says the fundraiser is insensitive and insulting.

"He ran him down like a dog in the street, and that totally contradicts what he says and what he's asking for money for," Krystal said.

The raffle is raising money for the "JP Harris Benefit Fund" which will help Harris pay for his legal expenses, according to the flyer which has been posted at several Deland businesses.

A grand jury decided not to charge Harris criminally last month.

The flyer says Harris was "involved in an on-duty incident after the suspect came towards his vehicle, which resulted in the accidental collision, resulting in the tragic death."

However, Krystal says that is misleading, and the proof is in the video her family made public last month.

"It's 100 percent misleading to the people he's asking to support him," Krystal said.

Owner of Tom's Pizza, Lloyd Petro, says he stands behind Harris, who has been coming to his restaurant for years.

"I think that he'd make a fine officer no matter where he serves, just like he did in Iraq in his Marine duty," Petro said.