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Broward Mayor Responds to BSO Incident Involving Teens

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen responded to a video that shows Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies appearing to pepper spray a teen outside J.P. Taravella High School on Thursday afternoon, then throwing him down to the ground, banging his forehead several times into the pavement and throwing a punch into the face of the student. 

“The behavior of these Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies was outrageous and unacceptable,” said Mayor Bogen. "The officer who jumped on the student, punched the student and banged his head to the ground should be fired immediately. There is no excuse for a law enforcement officer to harm a teenager who was on the ground and who gave no resistance. I also have a problem with the deputy who threw the student to the ground after he pepper sprayed him. After being sprayed, the teen held his face and walked away. If the deputy wanted to arrest the student, he could have easily done so without throwing him to the ground. I hope the appropriate authorities investigate this conduct and take the appropriate action." 


DATE: April 19, 2019


Broward County Mayor

(702) 210-7545

Kimberly Maroe

Broward County Commission Public Information Manager

(954) 357-8053