Sheriff should remove deputies seen in video pepper-spraying and punching teens, School Board member says

Broward sheriff’s deputies pepper-sprayed, tackled and punched teens while responding to an after-school call near J.P. Taravella High School on Thursday afternoon, video shot by a student shows.

The footage shows at least two deputies take a boy down, bang his forehead into the pavement and repeatedly punch him in the head.

“BSO is aware of the video,” Veda Coleman-Wright, a spokeswoman for the agency said Thursday evening. “They’re investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened, how it started, how it escalated and they’re looking at the outcome of it.”

Since it surfaced, the video has been widely shared across social media platforms. On Friday morning, Broward County School Board member Rosalind Osgood tweeted her belief that the deputies seen on the video should face consequences. “This is unacceptable,” the tweet said. “The young man clearly had his hand by his side when he was attacked by these officers.”

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