Cops who slammed Black teen’s head into the ground attempt to have their charges dismissed
Sgt. Gregory LaCerra and sheriff’s deputy Christopher Krickovich were charged with battery after violently arresting a Black 15-year-old.
Two Florida deputies who violently arrested a Black teenager are now attempting to have their misdemeanor charges dismissed. On Friday’s hearing (Sept. 25), Sgt. Gregory LaCerra and deputy Christopher Krickovich, formerly of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, claimed they acted in self-defense during the 2019 incident and cited Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.
“This was an assault,” LaCerra claimed, painting 15-year-old Delucca Rolle as the aggressor. According to the Atlanta Black Star, the arrest occurred in a McDonald’s parking lot in Tamarac, Florida, when the cops were responding to a call about a fight.
“He has a right to defend property, he has a right to defend himself, he has a right to defend other deputies and he has a right to defend the members of this community,” his attorney said. The judge is expected to issue her ruling in the coming days.
Both LaCerra and Krickovich were charged with battery and conspiracy to falsify records after a cellphone video showed the officers pepper-spraying, tackling and slamming Rolle’s head into the ground until he was bleeding.
“He pepper-sprayed me. I walked away. He slammed me to the floor and arrested me,” the teenager testified. Video showed the cops push the teenager to the ground after he went to pick up his friend’s cellphone.
After the encounter, Rolle was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest without violence and assault on an officer. However, the charges were later dropped. He suffered a fractured nose and head injuries from the violent arrest.
“They’re admitting to battering Delucca Rolle, but claim that they’re immune from prosecution because they believe battering Delucca Rolle was necessary to defend themselves,” prosecutor Justin McCormack said, arguing that Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law is an invalid defense for the officers’ actions.
During the week-long pre-trial hearing, LaCerra, who has remained employed by the sheriff’s department on “restricted duty,” called the incident a “scary moment.”
“We were being surrounded,” he said. “The environment was hostile toward law enforcement officers. This was a scary moment in my career.”
The officers claim that after they pushed him to the ground, Rolle assumed a “pre-attack posture,” which is why they pepper-sprayed him.
Krickovich, who was fired from the department, said he did not intend to slam the teen’s head repeatedly into the pavement.
“My intent was to pin him to the floor,” he said. “I wasn’t picking it up. He was doing all that pushing up and I’m trying to keep him down.”
See graphic video from the arrest here.
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.
“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.
In this new episode of ‘Bet on Black,’ food and beverage take center stage as aspiring Black entrepreneurs from It’s Seasoned, Black Farmer Box, and Moors Brewing Co. present their business ideas to judges with mentorship from Melissa Butler. Watch here!
Take a look inside the Makers Studio presented by Walmart at REVOLT WORLD, a space where Black creators could hone in on their brand and see it come to life.
Fly Guy DC taps in with REVOLT WORLD attendees to learn what the Opportunity Center, presented by Walmart, means to them and their futures.
Walmart supports HBCU students and encourages them to be Black & Unlimited. Fly Guy DC talked to a few at REVOLT WORLD about how being an HBCU student has changed their lives.
REVOLT is continuing its impactful partnership with Walmart by teaming up to showcase Black creatives at HBCUs all-across America. The panel consisted of three experienced, accomplished Black HBCU alumni: Actor and media personality Terrence J, entertainment attorney John T. Rose, and actress and “REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy-Rue McCullough.
In the season finale of “Bet on Black,” special guest judge Ray J joins as the finalists take the main stage to show they have what it takes to win the $200,000 grand prize; Melissa Butler and Eunique Jones Gibson mentor. Presented by Target.
The health of a community can often be traced to the health of the environment that surrounds it. In Atlanta, a woman named Dr. Jaqueline Echols has dedicated her life to helping ensure that people in economically underserved communities have clean rivers – for better health and for the joy of outdoor recreational space.
Join Kennedy Rue on “REVOLT Black News Weekly” as she dives into the world of Black entertainment in 2023. In this episode, we welcome the iconic Ludacris, celebrated producer Will Packer, and renowned director Tim Story. Together, they explore the cultural shifts in Hollywood, emphasizing the importance of Black representation in holiday films. The discussion highlights ‘Dashing Through the Snow,’ a Christmas movie that celebrates Black joy and tackles deeper themes of faith and childhood trauma. Watch!
Here’s a list of rappers who are named after food. Enjoy — or shall we say, “Bon appetit”?
Whether it be the triumphant “Not Afraid” or resilient “Soldier,” Eminem’s music has the power to inspire you to reach your goals.
In this exclusive interview, DDG opens up about his fashion inspiration, what drew him to girlfriend Halle Bailey, dealing with negative opinions about his relationship, and more. Read up!
The artist has remained remarkably consistent in her song lyrics about making money, telling off haters and feeling liberated since her debut.
The next time you’re looking for a caption for your perfectly curated Instagram, there’s a 95 percent chance that Drizzy’s got you!