‘You feel helpless’: Man knocked to ground by BSO deputy during Weston arrest speaks out

Weston, Florida. (WSVN) — A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy who was detained in Weston and was caught on cellphone video throwing him to the ground said the deputy crossed the line, now department officials say They are investigating the arrest.

On Dec. 22, BSO deputies grabbed 22-year-old Khalil Pace by the throat before wrestling him to the ground, captured in shocking footage posted on TikTok.

“I was thinking, ‘He’s trying to kill me,'” he said.

Speaking to 7News on Thursday, Pace said he and his friends paid to use the weight room at the Bonaventure Town Center club.

Here, company staff accused the group of smoking marijuana in the bathroom.

Pace has denied the allegation.

“No, we didn’t,” he said. “[The staff] Called the police. “

Pace admitted that when the BSO representative arrived, he swore at the manager and told him to shut up as he walked out.

It was at that moment, Pace said, that he was initially manhandled by deputies who responded.

“Why are you touching him? Don’t touch him,” one of Pace’s friends said in the video.

Moments later, the deputy grabbed Pace’s sweatshirt.

“Just looked aggressive, like he had no self-control,” Pace said.

Concerned that he would be arrested, Pace said he tried to give his phone to a friend to notify his family.

“Take my phone,” Pace can be heard telling the friend.

That’s when the deputy was seen wrapping his arms around Pace’s neck from behind, throwing him to the ground.

“You feel helpless, you feel humiliated, you feel, like, powerless,” Pace said.

Asked if the deputy’s handling was appropriate, Pace replied: “Of course not.”

Asked if he felt his civil rights had been violated, Pace said: “Of course.”

7News contacted the BSO for comment. “In accordance with BSO policy, Regional Command and Training have been reviewing the arrest to determine whether the force used was consistent with agency training and policy,” a spokesperson wrote in a statement.

Pace was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His case is pending.

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