A Florida police department fired one of its officers for choking a 17-year-old boy, a restraint tactic reserved for extreme situations.
Brian Livernois, 43, a former officer with the Largo Police Department was terminated on Tuesday, two months after a social media video titled, “White Largo Florid cop chokes black teen,” showed him leaning the boy over the hood of a squad car with his hands around his neck.
Largo Police Chief Jeffrey Undestad told Fox 13, “We take great pride in the positive relationship the Largo Police Department has with our community. Actions like this are not acceptable and violate the public’s trust, which every employee has worked so hard to earn. This situation warranted the former officer’s termination.”
The teen’s mother Ann Arnold said she cried “tears of joy” when learning the cop was fired.