On July 31, 2013, Dep. Peter Peraza and other members of BSO encountered Jermaine McBean at his apartment complex in Oakland Park. McBean, a 33 year old computer system engineer, was walking around the apartment complex with a newly purchased air rifle.
According to BSO deputies, McBean was unresponsive to their screams to put down the rifle. McBean’s family claims that he was wearing headphones that prevented him from hearing anything the deputies were saying.
The day after the shooting, BSO claimed that McBean turned and pointed the rifle in the direction of Dep. Peraza. If that is true, did the Grand Jury get it right? Was this a justified shooting? Why is the deputy now accused of a 1st Degree Felony punishable by 30 years in prison? Is this right?