FDLE turns over Osceola SRO body-slamming case to state attorney’s office

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said an investigation into a deputy from the Osceola County school who was caught on video of a Liberty High School student being hit on concrete has been turned over to prosecutors.

The agency announced on Wednesday that the investigation had been handed over to prosecutor Monique Worrell in March.

The FLDE forwarded the case almost two months after the video of the incident made national headlines. The clip shows deputy Ethan Fournier slamming 16-year-old Taylor Bracey on the sidewalk while trying to hold the student back.

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Moments later, Fournier handcuffs the student while a second deputy stands over them. While the handcuffs are being placed, Bracey does not appear to move.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said the girl received medical treatment at school.

Sheriff Marco Lopez addressed the incident in January and decided to refer the investigation to the FDLE.

“We can examine our own, we have the capabilities. Certain situations and circumstances – but for full, clear transparency and the greatest trust in our citizens, this is the right decision, ”he said during the press conference in January.

The investigation will remain active until the prosecutor publishes its findings.

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