South Florida Deputy Caught on Surveillance Video Grabbing A 15-Year-Old Female Student by the Neck And Slamming Her to the Ground

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Personnel with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division have arrested a school resource deputy on one count of child abuse from an incident that dates back to September 25, 2019 at Cross Creek School, located at 1010 N.W. 31st Ave. in Pompano Beach.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Willard Miller, a school resource deputy, was seen on Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) surveillance video, grabbing a 15-year-old female student by the neck and slamming her to the ground with what Sheriff Gregory Tony said was an “unnecessary level of force” for a minor.

The incident occurred approximately 2 p.m. on September 25. Broward County Public Schools Special Investigative Unit reported the incident to the Internal Affairs Division two days later on September 27. Upon immediate review of the video, Deputy Miller was removed from the school and placed on restricted administrative assignment. 

After further investigation, detectives formally presented the case to the State Attorney’s Office on October 23. Miller was suspended without pay on October 28 and turned himself in Tuesday morning, November 5 at the Public Safety Building. 

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