Deputy Charged with Child Abuse After Slamming Teen to Ground

This is the 5th time in 2019 a Broward County officer has been accused of using excessive force.

A sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with child abuse after surveillence footage showed him slamming a teenage girl to the ground. 

Deputy Willard Miller, a school resource officer in Broward County, FL, was working at Cross Creek School, a school for children with emotional and behavioral problems when the incident happened. 

In the school’s footage, Miller can be seen grabbing a 15-year-old girl by the neck and throwing her down on the ground. 

Miller was removed from his position at the school after the sheriff’s office reviewed the video. On October 28, he was suspended without pay. 

On November 5, Miller turned himself in, where he was charged with one count of child abuse. 

“Deputy Willard was involved in an incident with a minor who really did not provoke any unnecessary level of force being applied, but the byproduct of his actions were deplorable,” Sheriff Gregory Tony said.

This is the fifth time a Broward County deputy has been accused of excessive force this year. 

In April 2019, Officer Christopher Krickovich was filmed violently arresting a 15-year-old, using pepper spray and throwing the teen to the ground. He was charged with five misdemeanors, including three counts of falsifying public records and two counts of battery. He was suspended without pay in July 2019.