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

Broward County deputies charged with misdemeanors in connection with brutal arrest of teenager
Posted at 4:22 AM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 04:22:57-04

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 arresthas 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.