- A Florida sheriff’s deputy is below investigation after a video confirmed him slamming a handcuffed teenager in opposition to a wall and threatening to point out him “what f—ing freedom of speech is.”
- The Palm Seaside Sheriff’s Workplace informed Insider in a press release that Sheriff Ric Bradshaw “doesn’t condone the conduct of our deputy.”
- The deputy has been positioned on administrative go away.
- A possible trigger affidavit didn’t point out the interplay during which the deputy shoved the teenager in opposition to the wall, and solely stated he was arrested on trespassing expenses “with out additional incident.”
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The Palm Seaside Sheriff’s Workplace has positioned a deputy on administrative go away and launched an investigation after the deputy was seen in a video urgent a Black handcuffed teenager in opposition to a wall and saying, “I will present you what f—ing freedom of speech is.”
A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s workplace informed Insider that “Sheriff [Ric] Bradshaw doesn’t condone the conduct of our deputy and takes this matter very critically.”
The video, which has unfold broadly throughout social media, confirmed the deputy handcuffing 19-year-old Kevin Wygant, who might be heard telling the deputy, “Sure, I do have the liberty of speech.”
“To not us, you do not,” the deputy responded.
“Oh, I haven’t got the liberty of speech to you?” Wygant stated.
“F— no,” the deputy replied, grabbing the again of Wygant’s shirt and shoving him face-first into the wall. “F— with me and I will present you what f—ing freedom of speech is.”
The video garnered consideration after civil rights legal professional Ben Crump tweeted the clip, calling the deputy’s actions “UNACCEPTABLE conduct!!”
—Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) August 17, 2020
Wygant informed the South Florida Solar Sentinel that Crump — who’s representing the household of Minneapolis police sufferer George Floyd — is now additionally representing him.
Wygant was arrested on a trespassing cost and launched the following day
Wygant informed the newspaper he was arrested by the deputy after he tried to deescalate a battle at a Wellington restaurant. He added that deputies initially stated he may go away, however one modified his thoughts and stated he can be arrested for trespassing.
A possible trigger affidavit obtained Insider stated deputies had been known as to the restaurant and requested to “take away a number of people” as a result of they had been trespassing and “inflicting a disturbance.”
The report stated Wygant was requested a number of occasions by Sgt. James Benedict to depart the entrance of the restaurant, although he saved returning.
“When Wygant saved coming again a number of occasions defying Sgt. Benedict’s order to depart the restaurant space he was positioned below arrest for trespass after warning,” the affidavit stated.
The report didn’t element the interplay during which the deputy shoved Wygant in opposition to the wall, and solely stated Wygant was arrested “with out additional incident.”
Public jail data present that Wygant was arrested on the trespassing cost on August 15 and launched the following day on his personal recognizance.
He informed the Solar Sentinel he was relieved the encounter was captured on video.
“If there was no video, I consider that at the moment, I might be one other sufferer to how the police deal with everybody and particularly, I hate to say it, however my coloration of pores and skin,” he stated. “He simply felt so empowered over me that he fully stripped me of my rights and I do not suppose that is morally proper.”