Jermaine McBean was killed by Broward Sheriff Office deputies on July 31st, 2013. He was walking down the street carrying an unloaded air rifle. At first, BSO found nothing wrong with this shooting and even issued an award for bravery to 2 of the officers.
However, images were eventually published that showed Jermaine McBean had headphones in his ears when he was shot. This key detail was in direct contrast to the reports the officers filed. As the process for a grand jury investigation of the officers started, activists with the Black Lives Matter Alliance began a campaign to support the McBean family’s quest for justice.
In December 2015, Deputy Peter Peraza became the first police officer in Broward County to be indicted by a grand jury for shooting someone in over 30 years. In July 2016, the case was dismissed due a successful defense under “Stand Your Ground” laws. The State Attorney’s office has said that they will file an appeal, and a civil suit against Deputy Peraza is also in the works.
The Alliance is also selling “Jermaine Lied, Police Died” shirts to raise awareness for this campaign, and you can find out more about that here.
Currently, the Police Brutality Group has ongoing meetings that include efforts to support this campaign. You can read more background stories about the McBean case below. To get involved, use the contact form.
- Reportback from Stop Police Lies, Stop Stand Your Ground 6.13.2017
- Media from “Peter Peraza Appeal Hearing” 6.13.2017
- June 13th Press Conference Opposing Florida Cop’s Stand Your Ground Murder Defense
- InJustice for Jermaine
- The (In)Justice for Jermaine Art Show
- Another Powerful Action – And Another Big Assembly This Tuesday
- Two Actions to Prosecute Killer Cops on Tuesday
- Photo Essay – Reflection on July 2016
- Jermaine Died, Police Lied
- An Open Letter to Jennifer Young