OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) - Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Oakland Park to call for change after a court’s decision about a 2013 police-involved shooting.
Demonstrators chanted as they marched down North Dixie Highway on Sunday. They were protesting the decision to drop manslaughter charges against Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Peraza after, authorities said, he shot and killed Jermaine McBean, a black man who was holding an air rifle.
A judge said Peraza acted in self-defense, but the victim’s family disagrees. “No cop should be under the illusion that they can use ‘Stand Your Ground’ to justify any of their fatally involved shootings,” said Andrew McBean, Jermaine’s brother.
Jermaine was seen walking in Oakland Park with an air rifle on July 31, 2013. Peraza said he told Jermaine to drop it, but he refused.
Jermaine’s family claims he couldn’t hear the command because he was wearing earbuds.
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