FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a white Florida police officer is facing a battery charge for allegedly shoving a kneeling Black woman to the ground during a protest march last month.
Broward State Attorney Mike Satz said Fort Lauderdale officer 29-year-old Steven Pohorence was seen “intentionally touching or striking” the 19-year-old woman during a civil rights protest march on May 31.
The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
Pohorence was previously suspended by the Fort Lauderdale police chief.
It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday if Pohorence has a lawyer to speak for him.