The following is another letter from David Schoen, the attorney for Jermaine McBean’s family.
…I wrote a letter to Ms. Janice B. Henry, the President of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, laying out the whole case regarding Jermaine and asking her, with Black History Month coming to a close, to publicly disassociate the AARLCC from the award given to Peraza and to publicly apologize to the McBean family for being part of the award process, even if unwittingly.
As I was writing to her, I decided to do a bit more research on the award ceremony and the Gold Cross Award given to Peraza and Lacerra. Here is what I learned. On the night Peraza was given the award, 10/22/13, a total of 6 people were given the Gold Cross Award. EACH OF THE 6 GCA RECIPIENTS RECEIVED HIS AWARD FOR HIS ACTIONS IN KILLING AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN. ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS WAS INVOLVED IN THE KILLING OF 2 AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN, ONE WEEKS BEFORE JERMAINE WAS KILLED AND ONE WEEKS AFTER.
Pretty shocking – and all at the AARLCC. And remember how the Sheriff has said giving the award to Peraza was a mistake and it is against policy to give an award while the investigation is still open? The investigation was still open in each of these cases.