Family of man hit, killed by DeLand police officer after traffic stop awarded $550K



DELAND, Fla. - A settlement agreement gives a grieving family more than a half million dollars Wednesday after a DeLand police officer hit and killed Marlon Brown last May.

The family said it's not enough and is calling for criminal charges.

They said they have mixed emotions. They're glad that this portion of the process is over, but on the other they say they still miss Brown and are still not over his death.

"It's hard to feel excited or happy about it, because it doesn't amount or bring him back, in any way," said Krystal Brown, Marlon's ex-wife.

DeLand city leaders met during a special commission meeting to approve a settlement of $550,000.

Even though Krystal Brown said the money will help take care of her children, she said it's not enough.

"It's still not going to emotionally heal us," she said.

Brown said she wants criminal charges for former DeLand police officer James Harris, who struck and killed Marlon Brown after he ran away from a traffic stop in May.

"We're hopeful they have all of the evidence, and they're going through it properly and when they determine what they're going to do, we won't have any problems getting the outcomes that we're looking for," Krystal Brown said.

Following Marlon Brown's death, the community was outraged and community leaders held protests and forums.

Harris was eventually fired and the city began working on a settlement.

"We as a community wanted to reach an early settlement to avoid putting the city, the Brown family and our community through an expensive protracted and emotional litigation. We wanted the healing process to continue," DeLand Mayor Robert F. Apgar said.

The deal eliminates the possibility of any future civil lawsuits against the city.
Eyewitness News asked officials if they would need to get state legislators approval for the settlement and they said because it is an insurance settlement, once the commission approved it, it was a done deal.