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
."I disagreed with that recommendation and he was terminated yesterday," Tony said. "We don't have a policy that allows a deputy to slam someone's head into the ground."
The county's Professional Standards Committee, made up of 11 members from law enforcement, corrections personnel and civilians, had recommended no discipline for Krickovich.
Another officer involved in the incident, Deputy Ralph Mackey, will receive a written reprimand for not turning on his body-worn camera.
Tony refused to discuss the details surrounding a third officer who was there, Sgt. Gregory LaCerra, because an investigation into his actions aren't complete.
The incident back in April at a McDonald's parking lot in Tamarac sparked an international outcry as social media picked up the cellphone footage.
Delucca Rolle, a teen from J.P. Taravella High School, and other students had walked over to the strip mall anticipating a fight. But deputies who were aware of the tension were there as well.
Delucca was grabbed by Krickovich and slammed to the ground as he reached for a cellphone that was lying on the pavement.
Sports celebrities like Lebron James and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr weighed in on the incident, and Delucca's family hired prominent civil-rights attorney Benjamin Crump.