FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (CBS) – UPDATE 1:10 p.m. – The NAACP in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and the family of a teen who was pepper-sprayed by police officers say they want the Broward State Attorney and the Broward Sherriff to be held accountable for pepper-spraying their teenager.
Ft. Lauderdale NAACP president Marsha Ellison said they want accountability from Broward State Attorney Michael Satz and Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony in the DeLucca Rolle case. The teenager was pepper-sprayed outside a McDonald’s restaurant.
Attorney Benjamin Crump insists the State Attorney needs to file charges on the officers by July 4th.
DeLucca’s mother Clintina says she wants the State Attorney to make the right decision and that her son matters.
The incident happened at a McDonald’s parking lot when a group of students arrived to see a planned fight on April 18.
Broward Sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Greg LaCerra, pepper-sprayed 15-year-old DeLucca Rolle and then tackled him.
On cell phone video shot by another person at MacDonalds, Deputy Christopher Krickovich, could then be seen punching Rolle and slamming his head while he lay face down on the ground.
Rolle was originally charged with trespassing, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence. The Broward State Attorney’s Office did not file charges against DeLucca.
BSO Sheriff Gregory Tony said the two deputies have been suspended pending the investigation.
(WSVN & CNN) – 11:00 a.m.- The NAACP held a press conference in Broward County to discuss the viral video of a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy pepper-spraying a teenager.
The video which, drew nationwide attention, according to officials, shows a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy, Sgt. Greg LaCerra, pepper spraying 15-year-old Delucca Rolle before he was tackled to the ground on April 18.
Another deputy, Christopher Krickovich, could then be seen punching Rolle and slamming his head on the ground while he lay face down.
Both have been suspended pending an investigation.
In a statement from the NAACP Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County President Marsha Ellison, she says “We want true accountability when it comes to the safety of all citizens, particularly people of color because we are the ones that seem to be on the blunt end of all this abuse and police brutality.” According to officials
During the press conference, Rolle’s mother was overcome with emotion as she spoke at the podium.
“The people who I think [are] supposed to protect my children, hurt my child,” said Clintina Rolle. Shge goes in to describe how she felt when she first found out about the video. She says deputies told her that her son had hit a law enforcement officer, but she said that was the other way around.
Clintina says her son suffered head and shoulder injuries and is also suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The 15-year-old victim, Delucca Rolle says that the injuries he received to his nose interfere with his ability to focus in school. Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, fellow activists, religious leaders and leaders from the Broward County chapter of the NAACP spoke about their expectations in this investigation.
The State Attorney and the BSO internal affairs division are both conducting investigations.