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1 Broward deputy not guilty in teen head-slamming case; 2 await trial

Posted: 4:22 AM, Sep 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-27 04:22:57-04
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first of three Florida deputies who was charged after appearing in a video that showed a black teen being pepper-sprayed and slammed to the ground during an arrest has been acquitted.

The Sun Sentinel reports that jurors found Broward Sheriff's Det. Ralph Mackey not guilty Thursday of misdemeanor falsifying records.

The charge against Mackey, along with misdemeanor battery charges against Sgt. Gregory LaCerra and Deputy Christopher Krickovich, were announced in July. The other two men are awaiting trial.

The deputies responded to a fight in April outside a Tamarac McDonald's where about 200 students gathered. Authorities say a 15-year-old boy picked up the phone of a student being detained. Video shows LaCerra spraying the teen and throwing him down, and Krickovich slamming his head and punching him.

Prosecutors declined to file charges against the teen.