A 15-year-old in Florida, who has only been identified as Lucca, went viral for all the wrong reasons last week after footage of him being brutalized by the cops spread across the internet. Lucca was pepper sprayed in the face and had his head slammed into the ground multiple times on Thursday because Broward County cops said he was acting “aggressive.”
Although he was the victim, he was still charged with assault, resisting arrest and trespassing.
Finally, Florida prosecutors dropped all the charges, NBC News reported Tuesday night. However, the fallout was far from over.
“Once again, we see that this promise does not extend to people of color — one would hope that an unarmed 15-year-old child would not be treated in this brutal manner, no matter the circumstances,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump, one of the lawyers representing Lucca’s family, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Celebrities such as Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills and LeBron James have spoken out about the injustice.
Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen suggested last week that the arresting officer could have used much more discretion and tact.
“After being sprayed, the teen held his face and walked away. If the deputy wanted to arrest the student, he could have easily done so without throwing him to the ground,” Bogen said in a statement released Friday.
In the arrest warrant affidavit by Deputy Christopher Krickovich, one of the officers in the video, claimed Lucca took an “aggressive stance” toward another officer while they were arresting a different teenager for trespassing.
“While I was dealing with the male on the ground, I observed his phone slide to the right of me and then behind me,” Krickovich wrote. “I observed a teen wearing a red tank top reach down and attempt to grab the male student’s phone.”
The affidavit also said the “officers feared for their safety,” the cop punched the teenager as “a distractionary technique” and “this technique was successful and I was able to place him into handcuffs without further incident.”
See the video below of the Broward County police and decide for yourself if that is “successful.”
The affidavit also claimed Krickovich and his partner Sgt. Greg LaCerra responded to a call from a McDonald’s in Tamarac, Florida, at around 3 p.m. on Thursday. Employees allegedly reported a large group of teens gathering for a fight outside the restaurant. Krickovich wrote that the McDonald’s was a popular after-school gathering place for students and the scene of frequent fights.
Krickovich has reportedly been placed on leave but now that charges are dropped against Lucca, the question is — will the officers have charges filed against them?