Prosecutors won’t file any charges against teen whose forceful arrest drew outrage

Broward prosecutors won’t file any charges against the 15-year-old student whose head was slammed against the pavement in a forceful off-campus arrest. Cellphone footage of the arrest has gone viral, drawing a public outcry.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Delucca “Lucca” Rolle, a student at J.P. Taravella High School, wouldn’t face any charge just hours after they met him and one of his attorneys, Sue-Ann Robinson. The Broward Sheriff’s Office had accused Rolle of aggravated assault against an officer, but the charge made “no sense,” Robinson said. And that was underscored by “what we can all see from the video,” she said.

Sheriff’s deputies were recorded pepper-spraying, tackling and punching teens last week outside a Tamarac McDonald’s near the school. The cellphone video shows deputies take Rolle down, with one deputy banging Rolle’s forehead into the pavement and repeatedly punching him in the head, while another deputy handcuffed him.

Rolle, one of two teens who were arrested, suffered a broken nose in the encounter, Robinson said.

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