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Ex-deputy acquitted of battery in teen’s head-slamming arrest

Christopher Krickovich, a former Broward sheriff's deputy, appears in court Friday, on trial in the head-slamming arrest of a teen.
Lisa J. Huriash

A Broward jury on Monday acquitted a former sheriff’s deputy of battery in a 2019 encounter where he slammed a Black teen into a parking lot’s pavement and punched his head during an arrest.

Delucca Rolle, then 15, was a student at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs when he was arrested at a Tamarac McDonald’s.

Prosecutors argued that former Deputy Christopher Krickovich acted illegally during the arrest, and the defense was trying to “oversell you” that the place is a “little warzone. ... This isn’t the Ukraine. ... It’s a shopping plaza in Tamarac.”

But the deputy’s lawyer told jurors that the deputy responded appropriately to defend himself during a mob situation, and that Rolle suffered no injuries, saying prosecutors supplied no medical files. “Where’s the road rash?” asked defense attorney Jeremy Kroll.

Read more from our news partner, the South Florida Sun Sentinel.