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Broward Delegation Joint Statement on Unacceptable Use of Force by Sheriff’s Deputies

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Broward Delegation Joint Statement on Unacceptable Use of Force by Sheriff’s Deputies

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Washington, DC April 22, 2019

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) joined Reps. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Ted Deutch (FL-22) and (FL-) and Frederica Wilson (FL-24) in releasing the following joint statement on the conduct of two Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies last Thursday in Tamarac, FL:

“We are outraged by the appearance of unprofessional conduct of the two Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies last Thursday in Tamarac. Rather than deescalating the situation, the deputies appear to have dramatically overreacted with a disproportionate use of force – pepper-spraying a non-violent student, tackling and forcing his neck to the ground, and repeatedly striking his head on the pavement.

“At a time when unarmed black children are being beaten and killed at an alarming rate by law enforcement in this country, we appreciate that Sheriff Gregory Tony is conducting a thorough investigation, but we also urge him to be fully transparent and to take appropriate action to reassess the Office’s crisis response training and techniques, so that this type of incident does not occur in our community in the future.”

Source Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Newsroom

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