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By Pat Andrews
posted Aug 16, 2013 - 10:28:47am
The State Attorney's Office has promised to conclude in September its investigation into the death of Spring Hill resident Marlon Brown under the wheels of a DeLand police vehicle. The FHP turned an investigative package over to the State Attorney's Office July 11.
On Aug. 13, the Community Action Coalition — which was formed to improve life in Spring Hill — met at Greater Union First Baptist Church in DeLand, along with members of the Concerned Clergy Coalition headed by Pastor William Bradley of New Hope Baptist Church in Deltona, County Council Member Joyce Cusack, and guests Florida House Rep. Dwayne Taylor and City Commissioner Vonzelle Johnson.
Members of the Spring Hill community have been waiting for the conclusion of the State Attorney's investigation, and many are impatient and questioning why it should take so long.
Cusack suggested mounting a public push, including a petition drive, if there's no news by the end of September. She asked members of the audience for a consensus.
They didn't want to wait. A chant of "We say now!" erupted in the church.
The result: A petition drive and calling campaign will push not only for the investigation's results, but for charges against the DeLand police officer whose vehicle struck and killed Brown.
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