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Marlon Brown's family and attorney release new information about his death

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DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

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.

Brown's family 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.

"I saw compound fractures, to the point where fluid would not go in," Cusack said.

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.

"The medical 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.

"They based their determination on inaccurate evidence, so if there's new evidence that evidence should be submitted to the grand jury," Crump said.

The associate 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."

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