RadioOnFire.com – A video has gone viral showing police officers in Florida pepper spraying then brutally beating a Black teenager. The video shows the officer spraying the boy in the face before slamming him to the pavement while the other two officers pounced on top of him. Sheriff Gregory Tony has announced that the officers involved have been placed on “restrictive administrative assignment,” Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen has called for the firing of those responsible.
The video got reactions across the board with some major figures in sports and entertainment expressing their dismay at the ongoing police brutality waged against Black men and boys. LeBron tweeted, “So wrong!! Hurts me to my soul!! To think that could be my sons,” while Warriors coach Steve Kerr asked, “What the hell is wrong with our country? This is insane yet routine. So demoralizing.”
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Let me tell you what this 15 year old boy, Lucca, in the red tank top did. He’s a kind, sweet soul. He bent down to pick up the cell phone of another boy who was also wrongly arrested. The phone fell out during his arrest. He didn’t want it to get broken. When he stood up, the officer sprayed his face with pepper spray then proceeded to brutally assault him. These kids were gathered at a local McDonalds after school when police showed up. Lucca broke no laws. Was unarmed. Non-violent. Police then charged HIM with assault on an officer and resisting arrest. Neither, as you can see, are true. These are Broward County Sheriffs Christopher Krickovich & Sgt. Greg LaCerra. Now ask yourself why this unarmed nonviolent Black boy was brutally assaulted and the white men who shot up schools, churches, and movie theaters, slaughtering men, women, and children, were arrested without a single scratch. You know the answer. #justiceforlucca A post shared by Shaun King (@shaunking) on