Broward Sheriff's Office

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The Broward Sheriff’s deputy whose violent slamming of a high school teenager’s head on the pavement was captured on a cellphone video was fired this week despite the recommendation of an oversight board that he keep his job.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said during a press conference at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday that Deputy Christopher Krickovich’s actions back in April were unreasonable and unnecessary.

PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony on Monday officially launched his campaign for next year’s high-stakes election, setting up a showdown with his predecessor who was ousted from the post after the Parkland school shooting.

Tony, a Democrat who is making his first run for elected office, has a formidable opponent among the eight other candidates — ousted Sheriff Scott Israel, who was elected in 2012 and 2016 and wants his old job back.

Gregory Tony
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A Broward sheriff’s deputy has been fired for punching an arrested man handcuffed to a hospital bed on Jan. 2, an act caught on the cop’s bodycam video.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the termination Wednesday morning.

AP

The statewide commission investigating the Parkland shooting is working on a second school safety report, which is expected to be submitted to the governor by Nov. 1.

News Service of Florida

Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel faced a legislative showdown Monday in the fight to get his job back, amid procedural wrangling that began before senators even began considering his fate.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward Sheriff’s Det. Ralph Mackey, the first of three deputies accused of lying about the head-slamming takedown of a teenager in Tamarac, was found not guilty Thursday. The verdict is a possible sign that the viral videos of the encounter may not be enough to convince jurors that law enforcement used excessive force.

“The jury’s verdict today stands as a complete rejection of the Facebook-frenzy prosecution against Det. Ralph Mackey,” said his lawyer, Robert Buschel. “It was a politically motivated prosecution, and the verdict bore that out."

A special master appointed by the Florida Senate is recommending reinstatement for Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended the sheriff in January, citing the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 people died.

Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The incarcerated teen who tried to hang himself over the weekend had been on suicide watch for two days after he was arrested in late June, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Sonny David Rugani, 17, remains alive only technically — he is brain dead and on life support, according to his father, with decisions being made about where to donate his organs. He was found hanging in his cell early Sunday morning, raising questions about his supervision and the severity of the criminal charges he faced.

MATIAS J. OCNER / MIAMI HERALD

When more than 270,000 students in Broward return to school Wednesday, there will be added security on campuses, more surveillance cameras and a new monitoring system that allows the Broward Sheriff’s Office to access video feeds in real-time to address an immediate threat.

Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Two Broward Sheriff’s deputies recorded on cellphone video pepper-spraying and violently slamming 15-year-old DeLucca Rolle’s forehead into the pavement during an after-school arrest will face misdemeanor charges for battery and falsifying police reports, the Broward State Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

A third deputy also has been charged with "falsifying the circumstances of the juvenile’s arrest,” state prosecutors said.

Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

A state panel has voted unanimously to revoke the law enforcement accreditation of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the largest sheriff’s office in Florida.

The loss of accreditation — a voluntary certification sought by law enforcement agencies — won’t affect BSO’s operations in a major way. But it is a further blow to the agency’s prestige at a time when a new command staff, including a new sheriff, are dealing with a string of failures and questionable conduct by deputies.

Sun Sentinel

Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein is calling for an investigation after two inmates were found dead and a third mutilated himself at the Broward Main Jail, reports the Sun Sentinel.

“I hereby demand that you immediately investigate the high number and frequency of deaths within the jails,” Finkelstein wrote in a letter Tuesday to Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, whose office runs the jail.

Jacob Langston / Orlando Sentinel

Along with bandages, hypodermic needles and oxygen tanks, Florida paramedics can now carry firearms into high-risk situations.

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis approved a bill that allows paramedics to arm themselves when responding to situations like mass shootings or hostage standoffs.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

A new group for young black activists in Broward County is being formed, in part as a response to the recent police beating of a 15-year-old black boy in Tamarac.

Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward is starting a youth chapter, called the black youth assembly, in June. The group announced the plans at a community forum on Monday night at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Oakland Park.

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