Florida Teen Chased, Hit by Patrol Car, and Tasered Before Arrest
|thenorthstar||Jul 28, 2019|
A family in Florida accuses a police officer of brutally arresting a Black 15-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle with a few friends.
Ramona Miller and her son, Jaydon Stubbs, told WPLG that Stubbs and his friends were arrested on July 17 while biking to Hollywood Beach to ride along the boardwalk. In an affidavit obtained by the news station, the officers reportedly spotted the teen and his four friends riding near the Publix at Young Circle in Hollywood Beach, where, according to police, a few burglaries were recently reported. The incident started when an officer reported seeing Stubbs and his friends doing wheelies in the road and ignoring traffic laws. When she tried to pull them over, they split up, according to the affidavit obtained by the news station. The teen said that the officers chased the boys, and he ended up riding his bike down an alley by himself. "I was coming from this way. I was riding my bike. As soon as I got right here, the police car sped up and it hit my back tire and I fell sideways," Stubbs told WPLG. Stubbs said the impact of the vehicle on his bicycle caused him to fall over and damaged the wheel.
"When he hit my bike, I fell sideways. So my bike went sideways because my whole wheel just got destroyed," Stubbs said.
The teen said after the officers hit his bike with the car, he kept running because he was scared. The officers caught up with Stubbs and detained him, according to WPLG. The 15-year-old told the news station that one of the officers tased him.
“Three or four other police officers came and jumped on my back, put their knees on my back and, as one of the cops is putting me in handcuffs, another cop ran up and tasered me in my upper shoulder," Stubbs said. Following the incident, Miller said she filed a complaint with Internal Affairs at the Hollywood Police Department.
The North Star has reached out to the Hollywood Police Department for comment but did not hear back in time for publication. The department told WPLG that it is conducting an internal review of the allegations made against the officers. A spokesperson from the department said, "There is no question the police vehicle and the arrestee's bicycle made contact during the incident, but preliminary reports suggest the contact was accidental."
A similar incident occurred in April when a video of a brutal arrest of a Black teenager by a police officer in Florida went viral. Officers Christopher Krickovich and Sergeant Greg Lacerra can be seen pepper-spraying 15-year-old DeLucca Rolle, pushing him to the ground and punching him in the head.
The initial police report stated that the officers were patrolling the Tamarac Town Square in Tamarac, Florida, on April 18 because they had received a call about teenagers fighting in the parking lot. Krickovich wrote that LaCerra saw one teen trespassing in the parking lot who had been involved in a fight the day before. Krickovich said that while LaCerra was detaining the teen, he saw Rolle trying to pick up the teen’s cell phone and ordered Rolle to stay back. The officer claimed Rolle “took an aggressive stance towards LaCerra” which led to the brutal arrest.
The two officers were placed on paid leave during the investigation, and the charges against Rolle were dropped a few days after the incident. Since the incident, many activists and community members have called for the officers to be dismissed. In June, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the teen, called on the prosecutors investigating the case to charge the two officers.
Crump lambasted the Broward State Attorney’s office for not already placing charges on the officers. “It’s been two months now, over two months, with a video… and the state attorney still says that they don’t have the evidence to charge the police officer for this crime against this child,” Crump previously said during a press conference. “Everybody, Stevie Wonder can see that this was aggravated assault and battery.”
About the Author
Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.