Social media and celebrities, together with LeBron James, have responded in disgust to viral video of a Florida teenager being slammed into the bottom face first by a police officer and punched repeatedly in his head.
Now, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony, after assembly with Black county leaders on Saturday (April 20), is telling officers that an investigation must be accomplished earlier than a judgement could be made.
The video reveals a 15-year-old boy, recognized as Lucca on social media, selecting up a cellphone he dropped subsequent to Deputy Christopher Krickovich, who then used pepper spray on him whereas one other deputy punched the boy within the head a number of occasions after he was slammed to the bottom. He additionally compelled his head into the pavement.
Tony, who’s the county’s first Black sheriff, says the race dynamic is an enormous issue into why the video went viral. “Anytime a white deputy is concerned involved, utilizing drive with a black youth, this factor blows up,” Tony mentioned throughout a gathering with Broward Black Elected Officers. “There was a big cry of, ‘Simply exit and fireplace him. Eliminate him.’ And all these different issues. Of us, it do not work that means. You all perceive that. There needs to be an investigative course of and due course of components so it is going to be completed the precise means.”
The Broward County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned Krickovich has been positioned on administrative depart, pending the end result of an investigation.
Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen, together with a big swath of people that have considered the video, are calling for the deputy to be fired. Tony says he guarantees transparency however is asking for extra time.
“I am not going to sit down and attempt to brush something underneath the desk,” Tony mentioned. “The information are what they’re. I simply want them in a proper, written documentation that reveals we’ve completed our due diligence.”
Watch video of the convention beneath.