There are new details in one family's fight for justice. After a grand jury decided not to indict a Deland Police Officer
who ran Marlon Brown over, Brown's family along with their attorney are calling
for an independent investigation. They say the autopsy report drafted by the
Medical Examiner's office is inaccurate.
"At best it
was inaccurate, and it was done unintentional, at worst it was intentional, and
it was some conspiracy to deceive the truth from this family," said
Benjamin Crump, Brown Family Attorney.
along with Crump and the funeral director that prepared Brown's body all say the
medical examiner's report is false.
"It is my
conclusion, that the trauma to his head and neck, and the multiple compound
fractures and contusions, came from the force of the impact from the vehicle
hitting his body," said James Cusack, the funeral director.
The autopsy report
states that there's no evidence that brown was struck by the vehicle, it also
says there were no contusions to the upper or lower body, and lists the cause
of death as Mechanical Asphyxia.
compound fractures, to the point where fluid would not go in," Cusack
Cusack is not a
doctor, but says based on his forty years of experience, Brown's injuries were due
to blunt force trauma.
"I saw an
indication that his neck was very loose, where you could move it, which to me
was an indication that there were some contusions if not a complete
break," Cusack said.
The report also
states that Brown slipped and fell, and the police car came to a stop on top of
him. The family says the dash cam video that they released last week clearly
refutes that claim.
examiner's report was a lie, it enhances the families belief and feelings that
we have been betrayed by our criminal justice system," said Krystal Brown,
Brown's former wife.
their determination on inaccurate evidence, so if there's new evidence that
evidence should be submitted to the grand jury," Crump said.
medical examiner who performed the autopsy was terminated earlier this month
for unknown reasons. The Deland police officer involved was fired in June.
In response to the
family's claims, a Volusia County spokesman released a brief statement saying
"The autopsy speaks for itself."