VIDEO: Broward School Resource Officer Arrested For Takedown Of Student

Broward Sheriff's Deputy Willard Miller was charged with felony child abuse for his takedown of a student in September.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – A school resource officer in Broward County was charged with felony child abuse on Tuesday after a video showed him throwing a student to the ground (video below).

The incident occurred on Sept. 25 inside an office at Cross Creek School, a school for children with behavioral and emotional problems, the Associated Press reported.

Surveillance video from the school office showed Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Willard Miller standing and texting on his phone with his back to a female student.

There were two other people seated nearby.

The female student approached Deputy Miller from behind and kicked him in the back of knee, causing his leg to buckle slightly, the video showed.

The video showed that the deputy did not initially react to the girl in an aggressive manner.

Instead, he stayed where he was as the student proceeded to pace back and forth on the other side of the room.

There is no audio, but in the video, it appeared Deputy Miller was talking to the girl

All of a sudden, the deputy lunged across the room and grabbed the girl, who had both hands in her pockets, and threw her to the ground, the video showed.

The student’s head appeared to slam on the hard floor as she hit the ground.

Then the video showed Deputy Miller jumped on top of her and began struggling for control of her hands.

Once the deputy had both hands in his control, he flipped her over onto her stomach, put a knee in her back, and pulled her arms behind her, the video showed.

Then he pulled her up off the ground by her arms, and tossed her through the threshold of another room before the video ended.

Deputy Miller was charged on Nov. 5 with felony child abuse without great bodily harm in connection with the incident, the Associated Press reported.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony suspended Deputy Miller without pay pending completion of the internal investigative and disciplinary process.

"I would hope that every cop in America would disagree with that type of response," Sheriff Tony said.

The incident was at least the fifth time this year that a Broward sheriff’s deputy has been accused of excessive force, the Associated Press reported.

Two deputies are awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges in connection with an incident with a teen at a McDonald’s restaurant.

The deputies are accused of pepper-spraying and beating the teenager, the Associated Press reported.

A deputy at the Broward detention facility was terminated after he slugged a handcuffed inmate earlier this year.

In October, Sheriff Tony fired a deputy who was charged with punching a prisoner who was handcuffed to a hospital bed, the Associated Press reported.

The sheriff has said the problems in the Broward Sheriff’s Office stem from the prior administration’s “culture where disciplinary actions weren't taken" when deputies violated department standards.

"I am tired of it," Sheriff Tony said, and complained that Deputy Miller’s action reflected poorly on all of law enforcement.

"I'm going to fix it,” he promised. “I am going to hold people accountable. If I have to do this 15 more times, I am going to do it 15 more times."

The sheriff said that Deputy Miller, a three-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, has no previous disciplinary record, the Associate Press reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video here below:

Comments (81)
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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Looks like he screwed up, waiting for the basement breeders to make the final ruling

tfort
tfort

BCSO seems to be in trouble quiet a bit. This is like the 3rd or 4th deputy since Parkland to be charged with abusing children.

Artsynonva
Artsynonva

He was showing power, she shoots her mouth and his ego couldn't take it.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

All I am going to say is don't miss the part where

The female student approached Deputy Miller from behind and kicked him in the back of knee, causing his leg to buckle slightly

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I have no problems with cops abusing big thugs, but that was just stupid. If he didn't like the kick, which was more like a nudge, he should have cuffed her that moment. Videos like this simply give ammo to the cop haters.

RamblinRose
RamblinRose

That was totally UN-called-for. She didn't put up any kind of struggle and he body slammed her? Get real people. When she nudged his knee, I though she was being playful and just wanting some attention.

Ahutchison16
Ahutchison16

Oh these poor children! Please! Give me a break. The real problem is the parents these days. Yes the officers actions were excessive. Think of the things Leo's go through all day everyday. That is no excuse, he should have excused himself before it got this far, But! If children were raised to respect adults and those in authority, I'm sure this "child abuse" would be cut down drastically. With conveniently no audio, or other information on the situation the jury of the public idiots will judge everything on a 20 second video clip, knowing nothing but what the media wants you to know

Grog
Grog

We don't really know what happened. Would have been nice to have some audio. Might offer a different perspective.

Pat1978
Pat1978

That was ego. The following is pure conjecture: He probably tried to verbally berate her, she won the word battle and he lost his temper. Not good. No excuses for that kind of behavior. She could have been the mouthiest turd ever and what he did would still be a no go.

NJB
NJB

I would never in my life think of touching an officer! I learned in kindergarten to keep my hands ( and feet ) to myself. I also learned if something wasn’t mine, don’t touch it. I even learned to keep my mouth shut and listen. I am not going to condemn a police officer on incomplete evidence. And I know I’ll be ‘ burned at the cross’ for this, but if that was my beloved child who touched ANYONE without their permission...let alone a police officer.... then she would deserve exactly what happened. And, that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you want to teach your child Self control.

xxcloroxx
xxcloroxx

I'm only going to say this once. If you're defending this weak willed "man" your only making your self look like shit. You can't convince everyone that this turd is apple pie, no matter how many times you tell us its apple pie. Your standing on the side of wrong, if that's where you want to be, please continue to allow the rest of us to see your true self. Thanks!

xxcloroxx
xxcloroxx

One last thing, I need you to ask yourself, if you saw anyone other than a law enforcement officer act in this manner what would you do? How would you respond?

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

If these are JUST special needs "children" why does there need to be any kind of resource officer there in the first place ? There are many "special needs" kinds of persons who have committed heinous crimes. This Officer may have gone overboard but none of us has any idea what that girl is/ was capable of. Walk in either person's shoes...👣👣👣

Patriot63
Patriot63

That over entitled bratt was asking for it. If the audio was on I bet what was coming out of her mouth plus the kick behind the Officer's knee attempt to make him fall she got what was coming to her. This anti-Cop atmosphere started by the racist obamination administration pushing the disrespect is the real problem. Put yourself in our Law Enforcement situations that administration made day in and day out with also the threats of Cop killers out there that same administration never tried to stop which know when Trump tries to get it under control but they won't listen because the left liberal Democrats have labelled his actions as racist. How after 3+ years of being treated that way long could you handle tring to do your job and day after day being disrespected.

gfc1963
gfc1963

That kid got what she deserved! She assaulted the cop first and people are moaning at what the cop did??!! Lets hear the audio and listen to what she was saying to the cop, He should get his job back. Fuck that little piece of shit.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Some people responding to this story are continually repeating themselves. Yes, we understand you're upset with the officer's response. You don't need to say it a hundred times to get your point across.

DNW
DNW

Battery against a peace officer does not require injury. Touching the target in an offensive manner is enough to qualify. Hopefully more details will come out in the investigation, namely, whether what she was saying warranted such a reaction from the officer. Was she engaging in threatening rhetoric? We don't know. Human nature can be ugly - a swift crack to the skull is all some people understand and respect. Maybe she learned a little humility that day.

K9Bully
K9Bully

What if this was a white officer and an African american girl???? would have been the top story news on CNN for weeks!!

retired 2010
retired 2010

Where's the sound? What was she saying? Why did she kick the officer? Why were the faces covered, and not the officer's face. What was the officer suppose to do? How come the other two staff members didn't take action? Maybe the officer shouldn't have taken any action, and just let it go.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think she said something that disrespected his authority, like "policemen are real stupid" or "policemen are paid far too much."

Aramovich
Aramovich

What if she used the "N" word to him?

TEAMPANIC42
TEAMPANIC42

There are numerous issues with this video. Other than the obvious abuse, the biggest issue I have is, where did this idiot receive his training? He's working at a school for troubled teens, and he seems to be more interested in his phone than watching his back. You NEVER let someone that close to you without your consent, especially at your back. He not only needs to be charged for his abuse, but also should NEVER be allowed to continue to be a LEO for any department. He's lucky that all she did was tap his knee, she just as easily could have taken that chair to his head.

Spencer62
Spencer62

Best way for this not to happen, she shouldn't have kicked him.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I didn't see anything that would justify how the officer reacted

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

Where does it say special needs? It's a school for incorrigible children. Angry violent children that can't be taught in a normal school system because of their attitude.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

You fucking retards defending that so-called cop make me sick. That was no cop, that was a stupid bastard unworthy of the badge more interested in his fucking phone then situational awareness--and that's just for starters. Judging just from the body language, that was a kid that wanted attention, no more and no less. Her actions in no way caused harm or threatened to cause harm. They did call for a response but not that response--I guess the retard that managed to get hired as a cop didn't comprehend this basic fact. Now to those of you stupid bastards speculating if she had dared to say the "n word" and therefore somehow deserved this response, you bastards that use the "n word" every single fucking day but hold it as a racial trump card, FUCK you. NO MERE WORDS justify physical violence you thick-skulled idiotic anti-American triablistic fucking IMBACILES. I would have killed that motherfucker had I been there, and I would have taken that action in the name of The Badge, not in hostility towards it. That bastard is a shit stain.

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

There are many issues in this video. The extremely poor officer safety displayed should be reason enough for extreme discipline. Talking on the phone during duty time. Failure to react when he was assaulted and finally the take down when there was no threat to him at the time. While I don't necessarily agree with Micheal Sullivan's words. He is correct. This deputy does not belong in law enforcement he showed that he would be a danger to his partners on the street. As someone who has worked the streets, was and SRO and retired as a chief. He would be gone if he worked for me.