FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Three Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are facing criminal charges for the rough arrest of a Tamarac teenager back in April.
Sgt. Gregory LaCerra, Deputy Christopher Krickovich, and Deputy Ralph Mackey were all charged on Wednesday, Broward State Attorney Mike Satz announced.READ MORE: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
Authorities were called because of a fight in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Tamarac.
In a viral cellphone video that captured the arrest, 15-year-old Delucca “Lucca” Rolle is seen trying to pick up a cell phone from another individual who was being arrested. Deputies then pepper-sprayed him, threw him to the concrete pavement and punched him.
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Rolle was taken into custody, but his charges were later dropped.
The arrest left Rolle with a fractured nose and head injuries.
“I was grateful because it make me realize that when kids do something wrong they should be accountable for what they have done and adults should be accountable for what they have done, so emotionally I am ok,” said Delucca Rolles’ mother, Clintina Rolle.
Sue Anne Robinson represents Delucca and his mother.
“The most important thing is what it says to the kids is we are not tolerating child abuse and adults are going to be held accountable for what they did,” said Robinson.
“We all saw what happened in the video which was contradictory by the documents that were presented in the police report,” added Robinson.
Jeff Bell from the Broward County Deputies Union is confident:
“We expect that this will have a verdict of not guilty for all three deputies. They will be returned to duty with back pay,” Bell said.READ MORE: Florida Panthers Find Ways To Rally Again, Top Blues 4-3 In Shootout
“Even a regular interaction with police officers, I am sure, stirs up bad memories for him,” Robinson said.
LaCerra, 51, was charged with two counts of battery for spraying Rolle in the face and forcing him into the pavement. He also faces one count of falsifying records and one count of conspiracy to falsify records.
Krickovich, 29, was charged with two counts of battery for slamming Rolle’s face into the ground and punching him in the head as well. Krickovich also faces two counts of falsifying records and one count of conspiracy to falsify records.
Mackey, 49, was charged with one count of falsifying records and one count of conspiracy to falsify records.
The falsifying records charges are a result of all three deputies failing to describe the incident accurately during the investigation of the arrest, according to BSO.
The battery and falsifying records charges are first-degree misdemeanors, which carry punishments of up to one year in jail. While the conspiracy charges are second-degree misdemeanors, which could result in up to 60 days in jail.
Rolle’s controversial arrest caused protests over the past few months from his mother, the local community and across the nation as well.
In May, demonstrators and members of the NAACP in Broward County took to the streets of Fort Lauderdale in a “Justice for Lucca” march to support Rolle.
The movement even had celebrities like LeBron James and Gabrielle Union supporting Rolle.
Sheriff Gregory Tony and BSO conducted an internal investigation, which was completed and handed over to the Broward State Attorney’s Office on May 10.
Two of the deputies had been suspended without pay during the internal investigation.
During the investigation by the State Attorney’s Office, Rolle ran into trouble with Lauderhill police after he was charged with trespassing in a stolen conveyance and resisting an officer without violence in June. No more information was released about this incident.MORE NEWS: Police Shoot, Kill Knife-Wielding Suspect At Florida Institute of Technology
The three deputies are expected to be in court within the next few weeks, Satz said.