The mayor of Broward County on Friday called for the firing of a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy caught on video punching and banging a teenager’s head on the ground during a violent arrest near J.P. Taravella High School. Broward’s sheriff promised a thorough investigation.
“The behavior of these Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies was outrageous and unacceptable,” Broward Mayor Mark Bogen said in a statement. “The officer who jumped on the student, punched the student and banged his head to the ground should be fired immediately.”
The video, which isn’t time-stamped, appears to have been shared on Snapchat and took place outside a McDonald’s near the high school. The footage, which has been making its way through the Internet, began with one student handcuffed and on the ground. Then as another male teen approaches a BSO deputy, the officer pepper-sprays the teen in the face.
When the officer took him to the ground, another deputy rushed in and forced the boy’s neck down. In the background, the video shows a female screaming, “What are you doing! What are you doing! He’s bleeding, he’s bleeding!” Dozens of bookbag-wearing students circled around the officers.
SOURCE: MONIQUE O. MADAN AND CHARLES RABIN