On June 23, 2015, theÂ Broward County PBA has sent a letter to the Broward County Sheriff with a request to discuss itsÂ Policy Manual change to Chapter 6.1 governing the Use of Force. The letter is available to read in the PDF document attached below.
Six Broward Sheriff’s deputies and five police officers have been cleared by a Broward County grand jury that reviewed four fatal shootings of civilians.
The grand jury heard the cases during its current six-month term that will end June 30.
Tony Alfero, the lawyer who handled the case on behalf of the Broward County PBA said: “We’re all very thankful that none of the officers were killed, since he did open fire on them when they weren’t even looking,…”
The full article is below:
These days, you can go toÂ prison for doing your job.
Thatâ€™s right. In todayâ€™s climate, one bad incident can ruin your career and potentially land you
in jail just for doing your job. If that happens, you will need an organization with financial
strength and a successful track record defending BSO Deputies.
We recently notified you of a union election between the Broward County PBA and a shell
organization called the International Union of Police Associations. Soon, you will hear a lot
about this group and whether or not it can deliver on its many promises. This is a choice that
will radically affect not only pay and benefits, but whether or not you will have the legal
protections to secure you and your familyâ€™s future.
You are all trained investigators. As this election nears, ask the tough questions. Demand
specifics. Insist on facts, not promises.
Above all, donâ€™t be complacent. This election could radically affect the legal protections you and
your family depend on for years to come.
Broward County Police Benevolent Association
2650 West State Road 84
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 584-7600 â– FAX: (954) 583-0405
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BCPBA President, Jeff Marano, added comment to theÂ Â New York TimesÂ story,Â â€œA Florida Police Killing Like Many, Disputed and Little Noticed.â€
The articleÂ Â reports on investigations following the shooting of Jermaine McBean by a BSO Deputy.
Jeff Marano’s comments are excerpted below.
“Jeff Marano, president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, said he was confident that Deputy Peraza, who is Hispanic, would be cleared. He said despondent people sometimes point unloaded BB guns at police officers in an effort to die by ‘suicide by cop’ Â and added that a police officer is killed in America every 50 hours.
I am confident that the deputy took appropriate action based on what he knew at the time and the threat he perceived at the time,’ Mr. Marano said.”
The full text of the article may be read at the New York Times website linked below.
A negotiation session between BSO (Deputies and Sergeants) and the Broward County Police Benevolent Association is scheduled as follows:
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Time: 1:30 P.M.
Lynn Futch Auditorium, 5th Floor
Public Safety Building
2601 W. Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
The official memo is below: