Florida officer charged with manslaughter in death of Jermaine McBean, fatally …

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

BSO Deputy Indicted In Fatal Shooting Of Man With BB Gun.

Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Peraza has been charged with manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of 33-year-old Jermaine McBean, who was carrying only an air rifle and may have been unable to hear police commands because he was listening to music through earbuds. [Broward Sheriff’s Office via AP] PEMBROKE PINES — A South Florida sheriff’s deputy was charged Friday with manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of a man who was carrying only an air rifle and might have been unable to hear police commands to drop it because he was listening to music through earbuds.

Peraza, who turned himself in on Friday, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted, according to Ron Ishoy, a spokesman for the Broward County state’s attorney’s office. “We respect the grand jury process…Now, the case will go forward in the courts and a jury will weigh all the evidence and render a verdict,” Israel said. “For everyone in this case – the McBean family, the Peraza family, the BSO family, everyone in our community – we want truth and justice to prevail.” McBean was shot by Peraza after 911 callers reported seeing him carrying what appeared to be a real rifle down a busy street. Attorneys for McBean’s family have said the computer system engineer was carrying the unloaded pellet gun home from a pawn shop when he was shot and killed on July 31, 2013. The last time a Florida police officer was charged for an on-duty shooting was 26 years ago, when jurors convicted Miami Police Officer William Lozano for shooting and killing motorcylcist Clement Lloyd. Police also initially said McBean was not wearing headphones at the time of the shooting, but that they found a pair of earbuds in his pocket after he was taken to the hospital. “He couldn’t have fired that gun from the position he was in.

There was no possible way of firing it and at the same time hitting something,” Michael Russell McCarthy, one of the people who called 911, told NBC News. McCarthy told also told NBC that McBean had been carrying the air rifle on his shoulders, had not pointed the weapon at anyone, and turned to face police when they opened fire. The FBI also is investigating whether McBean’s civil rights were violated — which could result in federal charges against Peraza — and McBean’s family has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the deputy and Sheriff Scott Israel over the killing.

The lawsuit contends among other things that law enforcement officials covered up evidence about the earbuds, which were found later in McBean’s pocket. The family said McBean didn’t turn around far enough to aim the rifle at officers and that police were wrong claiming they found the earbuds in McBean’s pocket.

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