Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of BSO Deputy's Manslaughter Charge

An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a manslaughter charge against a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy.

BSO Deputy Peter Peraza, 39, was charged with fatally shooting Jermaine McBean, 33, in 2013 after 911 callers reported a man carrying a rifle down a busy street. 

Peraza was the first Florida law enforcement officer charged for an on-duty shooting in 30 years, and he faced 30 years in prison if convicted.

Peter Peraza

In 2016, the court ruled Peraza was entitled to immunity from prosecution under the "Stand Your Ground" law, and eventually dismissed the case.

Later, the state argued in an appeals court that  officers are not entitled to seek immunity under the law. 

The court disagreed with that argument and dismissed the case.

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