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Video of Florida Officer Slamming Teen’s Head Goes Viral

Video of Florida police officers slamming a 15-year-old black boy’s head into the pavement during a trespassing arrest went viral this weekend, sparking outrage from celebrities like Lebron James—but one officer involved claims the teen was being “aggressive” and that punching him in the head was nothing more than a “distractionary technique.”

Footage of the encounter shared on social media with the hashtag #JusticeForLucca appears to show the teen, who has been referred to both as “Lucca” and “Delucca” online, reaching down to pick something up off the ground outside a McDonald’s in Tamarac, Florida, while Broward County Sheriff’s deputies handcuff another teen on the ground.

An officer turned around and confronted Lucca, then pepper sprayed him in the face. As Lucca turned and tried to walk away, the officer grabbed him by the shoulders and slammed him to the ground.

Read more at The Daily Beast.