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A Broward Sheriff’s deputy was found not guilty Thursday of falsifying a police report in the case of a teen’s rough arrest earlier this year.
Deputy Ralph Mackey, 49, was charged with falsifying police records and conspiracy to falsify in the controversial arrest of 16-year-old Delucca Rolle.
Throughout closing arguments, jurors looked at several body camera and cellphone videos frame by frame, which showed BSO Sergeant Gregory Lacerra and Deputy Christopher Krickovich using pepper spray and beating Rolle’s face down on the pavement outside a Mcdonald’s in Tamarac.
Prosecutors claimed Mackey added misleading details to make the situation seem more dangerous to justify the actions of his fellow deputies.
“It wasn’t written to be an accurate representation of what occurred because the important parts are left out,” Prosecutor Justin McCormack said.
Rolle testified Wednesday, saying was not resisting officers.
Defense attorneys denied accusations of a cover-up and that proper protocol was followed. Mackey’s wife also took the stand to defend her husband’s character.
“He has always had a reputation of being trustworthy and dedicated, responsible in his job,” Athena Mackey said.