Police officer charged with child abuse after throwing 15-year-old to ground


A sheriff’s deputy assigned to a public school in Florida was charged with child abuse after school surveillance footage showed him grabbing a 15-year-old student by the neck and slamming her to the ground, officials have said.

The video of the September encounter at Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach, Florida, starts with the student, whose name was not released, and the deputy, Willard Miller of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, standing in a room together with two other people.

The teenager walks up behind the deputy and pokes him in the back of the knee with her foot while he is looking at his phone.

For about a minute, Mr Miller, can be seen talking to the girl before he lunges towards her, grabs her neck and throws her to the ground on her back.

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