A Florida cop indicted for shooting a man who was walking with an unloaded air rifle is invoking the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law in a bid to avoid trial.
Broward Sheriff’s deputy Peter Peraza argues in a court document that he should be immune from prosecution in the death of Jermaine McBean and asked for a hearing to determine if the case should be dismissed.
A grand jury indicted Peraza on a manslaughter charge in December. He was the first law enforcement officer in the county to face charges for shooting a civilian on duty since 1980.
“This is a textbook case for ‘Stand Your Ground,'” Peraza’s lawyer, Eric Schwartzreich, said Thursday. “What my client was doing was defending himself, defending other deputies and defending the public.”