Pompano Beach, FL — The deputies of Broward Sheriff's Office in Florida have created a terrible image of themselves over the past several years. From cowering behind a wall while children were murdered in a school to sexually assaulting children to torturing people with their K9s, the department has tarnished the image of public servants everywhere. In 2019 another disturbing video showed a reason to add child abuse to the list.
While some of the aforementioned officers have been held accountable for their actions, the officer seen violently attacking a female child in school will not be.
Following the release of security footage which shows a Broward deputy grabbing a teenager by the throat and slamming her to the ground, former Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy Willard Miller was arrested and charged with felony child abuse.
Unfortunately, however, a jury apparently blinded by the thin blue line, decided that his clear act of child abuse — which was recorded on video — was not a crime. Miller was acquitted this month by a jury who took less than an hour to justify his actions.
“I’m just a living testimony that no weapon formed against you shall prosper,” said Miller after the acquittal. “I’m just gonna take it one day at a time. I’m just happy that the truth came out, and I’m happy that justice was served.”
But what "truth" was it? At the time of the initial incident, even Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony released a statement decrying his deputy's actions:
The way the deputy responds, for whatever occurred, whatever type of verbal dialogue was going on, it makes no sense and it wasn't necessary.
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The incident happened September 25, 2019, and the girl was just 15-years-old. Below is the video showing the alleged child abuse take place at the hands of the very officer who is sworn to protect and to serve the kids in his care at Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach.
The teen can be seen inquisitively walking around the room before stopping behind Miller seemingly staring at him from behind as he’s texting away on what looks like a smartphone. Then, the teen moves a bit, but never touched anyone, which grabbed the officer’s attention. She used her foot to barely tap the officer’s locked right leg which is little more than a schoolyard joke. He faltered, turned to look at her and didn’t seem to pay much attention to her touching him. But surely, it must have angered him.
For over a minute, nothing happened and the girl simply walked around the room. Then, for no apparent reason, he ran up to her, grabbed her by the neck, and slammed her to the floor. What may have started out as a retaliation against the student ended up with the officer getting suspended without pay, and charged with felony child abuse — and eventually acquitted.
Despite the video and the facts in the case — and the fact that the officer turned off his body camera before body slamming the girl — a jury saw nothing wrong.
Cross Creek School specializes in teaching students with special needs and it is unclear, although assumed, the student may have some learning challenges. At any rate, the lesson the teenager learned that day, one could say, is not all police can be trusted, and will unleash violence on you using their badge as permission to violate your rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — and all of it with no accountability.
Sadly, it’s not the first time TFTP has reported on the dangers of having school resource officers assigned to schools. This is the inevitable result of relying on the police state to "protect" the education system in America.