A Florida deputy was recently reassigned after a cellphone video recorded him punching and slamming an unarmed teen’s head against the ground. In his arrest report, the officer admitted to punching the unarmed teen in the head.
Around 3 p.m. on Thursday, Broward County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alleged fight at the Tamarac shopping plaza. According to the video, two deputies tackled a teenage boy, banged his forehead into the pavement, and repeatedly punched him in the head.
“These are deputies who are hotheads, who don’t know how to control their tempers,” Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen stated. “It was outrageous that a deputy would do this to an unarmed student who was not fighting back, who was giving no resistance.”
According to Bogen, the deputy who threw the student to the ground should be suspended at the very minimum, and the deputy who punched the student and pushed his head into the ground should be removed.
Responding to the alleged fight, Deputy Christopher Krickovich and Sgt. Greg LaCerra appeared to pepper-spray an unarmed teenage boy before tackling him to the ground and punching him in the back of the head for no justifiable reason.
“At this point, his left arm was free and next to him, while he placed his arm under his face,” Krickovich’s report said. “I struck the male in the right side of his head with a closed fist as a distractionary technique to free his right hand.”
Krickovich was placed on administrative assignment shortly after the incident.
“It was just crazy,” said the boy who shot the video, and whose mother did not want his name to be published. “It was very overboard. Punching him and slamming his head on the ground wasn’t necessary.”