Broward Deputy Fired

Screen captured image of the video that shows two Broward deputies slam a teenager's head into the ground in the parking lot of McDonald's in Tamarac as bystanders watch the violent encounter from behind. 

In most states, assaulting a police officer can lead to felony charges. But what are the consequences when the roles are flipped?

For Broward County Sheriff's Office Deputy Christopher Krickovich, it only cost him his job.

The sheriff's deputy was fired after the completion of a review and a disciplinary hearing, stemming from accusations of police brutality and misdemeanor charges against him and two other deputies, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said.

No action has been taken against Sgt. Gregory LaCerra, who was involved in the incident. His investigation is still pending. Deputy Ralph Mackey was found in violation of not activating his body-worn camera and received a written reprimand.

A Professional Standards Committee did not recommend termination for Krickovich but Tony decided to fire Krickovich, who the sheriff's office say had been suspended without pay.

Krickovich was seen slamming teenager, Delucca Rolle's, head against the asphalt in a McDonald's parking lot near Coral Springs High in April.

A cellphone video of the violent attack circulated across social media, which led to the deputy's arrest.

His termination on Tuesday comes more than six months after the attack.

Delucca's lawyers, nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Sue-Ann Robinson, on Wednesday released a statement about Krickovich's firing:

“Today’s announcement of the deputy’s firing validates what we already knew: This young boy was the victim of a brutal and unjustifiable attack by Broward law enforcement officers who were sworn to protect him.

"While it is unconscionable what Delucca and his family have had to endure, the decision by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to terminate the employment of Deputy Krickovich is a significant step in the right direction. We commend the BSO for its decision to hold this officer accountable for his treatment of Delucca.”

emane@miamitimesonline.com

Eman Elshahawy joined The Miami Times in November 2019 as the multimedia content producer. Eman graduated from the University of Florida in Summer 2019, where she earned a B.S. in journalism from UF's College of Journalism and Communications.

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