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Cop Who Beat Florida Teen Reassigned

People are outraged after a video went viral of a Florida teen being assaulted by a police officer went viral and the officer involved STILL has a job. As previously reported an officer now identified as Christopher Krickovich pepper-sprayed a black teen boy Thursday before slamming him to the ground outside of a McDonald’s in Tamarac, Florida.

A group of teens from JP Taravella High School had reportedly gathered at the local restaurant to witness a planned fight but deputies broke it up. During the process, Krickovich was seen grabbing and slamming a teen identified by students as Lucca to the ground and banging his head into the concrete. Lucca, who was not involved in the fight, is then seen leaking blood.

NBC News reports that Krickovich has been reassigned to a different department and has yet to be fired.

Krickovich wrote in a report that a “15-year-old boy in a red tank top approached the deputies while they were arresting another boy on a trespassing charge” before he “took an aggressive stance” toward LaCerra, another officer on the scene by “blading his body and clenching his fists. He added that the boy’s stance made him “fear for his safety.”

“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.”

NBC reports that he’s been assigned to administrative assignment and must forfeit his county-issued weapons. He’s also reportedly prohibited from entering any sheriff’s facility outside of his own without the approval of internal affairs.

Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen’s released a statement calling the incident “outrageous and unacceptable” and asking that the Deputy be fired.



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