A former deputy was found not guilty after getting caught on camera bashing a Black teenager's head into the ground during an arrest.
Christopher Krickovich, an ex-Broward Sheriff's deputy, was acquitted of battery charges after assaulting then 15-year-old Delucca Enrique Rolle on Monday (July 25), according to Miami Herald. Krickovich plans on getting his job back plus back pay through arbitration, his attorney Jeremy Knoll told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“That means the video doesn’t even matter, like you can see something, but it doesn’t matter,” she said.
The rough April 2019 arrest was filmed outside a fast food restaurant in Tamarac, where dozens of teens gathered, reporters say. Authorities responded to the scene to disperse the crowd, citing a fight that happened at the business a day before.
Police say DeRolle, who was a J.P Taravella High School student at the time, disobeyed orders by picking up another teenager's phone while trying to arrest them.
Gregory LaCerra, another deputy at the scene, pepper-sprayed Rolle before Krickovich is seen grabbing the teenager before slamming Rolle's head on the ground and punching him. Charges against Rolle were dropped a few days later, and Krickovich was fired in December 2019.
“We don’t have a policy that allows a deputy to slam someone’s head into the ground,” Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said during a news conference announcing an internal affairs investigation into Krickovich's actions.
Miami Herald says LaCerra was cleared of charges in February following an appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling. The ruling states LaCerra was protected by Florida's Stand Your Ground law, claiming he felt threatened during Rolle's arrest.
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