Justice For Lucca: This Is Your Country On Racist Brutality, Still

All photos from screenshots

In this season of hope and renewal, see two burly white thugs/cops in Florida set upon a 15-year-old, backpack-wearing black boy - who did nothing but retrieve for safety the cell phone of another kid under assault - then pepper spray him, throw him to the ground, repeatedly punch and slam his head into the pavement, and  handcuff the now-blood-spattered boy on charges of - say what?! - resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. The fracas began when Broward County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a reported fight at a shopping plaza near J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, where kids often hang out at a McDonalds. There, officers Christopher Krickovich and Greg LaCerra found, dropped and handcuffed one kid who they charged with trespassing. On now-viral video, with the first kid on the ground, Krickovich then suddenly grabs the second boy, reportedly named Lucca, sprays him in the face, hurls him to the ground, and begins beating him as LaCerra jumps on Lucca's back and distraught kids standing around watch, film, and scream, "What are you doing?!? What are you doing?!? He's bleeding! He's bleeding!"

In his report, Krickovich said Lucca "took an aggressive stance (and) began clenching his fists" and that he feared for his safety. “(Lucca's) left arm was free and next to him, while he placed his arm under his face," he wrote, evidently not considering Lucca didn't want his face smashed into the pavement. "I struck the male in the right side of his head with a closed fist as a distractionary technique to free his right hand." Distractionary? Is that like barbarous, excessive, vicious and racist?  After video of the assault spread, the mayor called for Krickovich to be fired; the sheriff, who has overseen harsh new policing rules in the wake of the nearby Parkland shootings, put him on "restrictive administrative assignment" and announced a "thorough investigation." None of this was or should be enough to appease fury at yet another atrocity and yet another "The criminals in these photos are your police officers beating up an innocent black child," wrote one patriot. "The world is watching." Activist Shaun King posted contact info for Broward County officials. There is a petition. And there is, alas, the horrifying, sickening, enduring bottom line: "This is brutality," and this, still and all, is America. 

"He did not run. - He did not resist. - He did not commit a crime. - He was not a thug. - He was not a White Supremacist. - He was not a mass shooter. - He was not a criminal. - He followed orders. - He did not have a weapon. - He was black."

Krickovich, another white thug who belongs in jail

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