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Police procedure and the death of Marlon Brown
By Pat Andrews
posted May 16, 2013 - 9:32:30pm
What is DeLand police procedure when officers encounter someone who runs from them?
A vehicular pursuit may be used to go after "a forcible felon who is actively attempting to elude the police," according to DeLand Police Department Standard Operating Procedure.
If a pursuit is not warranted, the officer is "to deactivate all emergency equipment and immediately change direction from the suspect vehicle to ensure a pursuit is not initiated."
A decision to initiate pursuit must be based on the officer's conclusion that the danger a pursuit poses a greater threat to the public and the officer than the potential danger of letting the suspect remain at large.
Policies in place are the subject of public discussion and law-enforcement investigations into the death of Marlon Brown, who died May 8 after a DeLand police car hit him then ran him over as Brown attempted to flee on foot from law-enforcement officers. Officers had tried to stop him for not wearing a seat belt, according to law-enforcement reports. Brown exited his car at a dead end on South Delaware Avenue, where police followed him.
Read the whole story, and what the Sheriff's deputy reported the night Marlon Brown died, plus:
— Members of the DeLand African-American community talk about police aggressiveness during a May 13 community meeting at Greater Union First Baptist Church in DeLand.
— A task force will be formed in Spring Hill to monitor police activities. DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus said the city will work with the task force.
— Pleus also said complaints about police will be taken seriously.
— Marlon Brown's former pastor shares his memories of Brown.
— More photos
It's all in the May 16-19 Weekend edition of The Beacon. To subscribe to The Beacon online, click here. For a list of newsstand locations, click here. To have the print edition mailed to your home twice a week, send your address via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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