Video: Fla. Officer Fired for Running Down Suspect
September 19, 2013
VIDEO: Fla. Officer Fired for Running Over Suspect
A DeLand (Fla.) Police officer has been fired for fatally striking a suspect with his patrol car as officers closed in during a pursuit.
Officer James Harris was among the three DeLand PD cruisers chasing Marlon Brown, 38, on May 8. Brown began sprinting through a residential vegetable garden, when he tripped. The two lead patrol cars stopped, and Officer Harris continued the chase. Brown can be seen on the officer's dash-cam footage tripping and turning as the vehicle strikes him head on.
DeLand Police Chief William Ridgway fired Harris immediately after viewing the video footage, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The officer was still on probationary status. Last week, a grand jury elected not to file criminal charges against Harris.
The chase began with a traffic stop for a suspected seat belt violation.
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Capt. Crunch @ 9/21/2013 1:32 PM
I saw the video. I believe the officer wanted to arrest the suspect and not intentionally run him over with the patrol car. The officer had no way of knowing the suspect was going to slip and both parities involved were on a grassy field which is hard for a vehicle to stop without sliding. I also feel the chief took the easy way out because he did not want to get involved in politics. This cannot be good moral for the department.
GARYJANSEN @ 9/22/2013 4:23 PM
thatofficermustknowheneedstorespectavechileavechile is a leathal weapon
Ima Leprechaun @ 9/27/2013 11:58 PM
For Florida Law Enforcement this is extrememly typical behavior. I am shocked he was fired and not given a medal. Most suspects die in Florida in a hail of gunfire even when they have no gun to shoot back with. The media always calls it an exchange of gunfire but the perceived shots fired at officers are always from the officers on the other side of the suspect firing in a crossfire. This is the first time anyone has ever been disciplined for offing a suspect.
howboutya @ 10/1/2013 10:29 AM
Once upon a time, not that long ago, running from the police was viewed as bad or even dangerous. It was a given that something bad might happen to the LAW BREAKER (i.e. someone that has broken the LAW). Not to mention the LAW that is being broken just by running from the police. Now,,,,,, it is the officers fault when something bad happens to the poor, defenseless, going to college, turning his life around, just got a new job, has two babies, apple of his mother's eye. Every time something like this happens it puts doubts in officers minds, causes hesitation in our decision making, and in the long run could get us hurt or killed. Why? Because we are afraid we might lose our job over some scrote LAW BREAKER. Work hard, train harder, and stay safe Blue!!! Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
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