Grand jury clears 6 deputies, and 5 officers in four fatal shootings

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:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-grand-jury-cleared-cops-20150619-story.html

BCPBA President on New York Times article “A Florida Police Killing Like Many, Disputed and Little Noticed”

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BCPBA President, Jeff Marano, added comment to the  New York Times story, “A Florida Police Killing Like Many, Disputed and Little Noticed.”

The article  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’  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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/us/a-florida-police-killing-like-many-disputed-and-little-noticed.html

BCPBA Raises $2,550 (and counting) for Deputy Tommy O’Keefe

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The BCPBA has raised $2550 for Deputy Tommy O’Keefe. Please read his story below. Instructions for how you can donate follow the story.

BSO Deputy Tommy O’Keefe III has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is the most
aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans. Tommy is Stage 4. He has undergone two craniotomies, radiation, and chemotherapy. The latest round of chemotherapy caused severe brain swelling. Treatment has been suspended. Doctors have suggested that he seek a clinical trial at MD Anderson in Texas or the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. These hospitals are considered out of network; the expenses will be astronomical.

Tommy is a third-generation police officer. His grandfather was with the Boston Police Department and his father was with Miami-Dade Police. Tommy has been with BSO for the past 12 years. He is currently assigned to the Dania Beach district as a Field Training Deputy. His sick leave will be expiring soon and his fellow deputies will be donating time on his behalf.

Due to numerous hospital admissions, treatments, and medical travel, Tommy has incurred extraordinary out-of-pocket expenses. The costs have become a financial burden on his family, which includes his wife, Jessica, and 8-month old daughter, Mackenzie.

The PBA is seeking contributions for Deputy Tommy O’Keefe through The HOPE FUND. Please make your tax-deductible donation payable to the Broward County PBA HOPE Fund. Please write Tommy O’Keefe in the memo field of the check. Mail checks to Broward County Police Benevolent Assn., 2650 W. State Rd. 84, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312.

Deputy Receives Broward TRIAD Award

Deputy Receives Broward TRIAD Award

Congratulations to BSO Deputy Kevin Bolling who received the Broward TRIAD 2014 Officer of the Year Award. Broward TRIAD is a three way collaboration between law enforcement, seniors and community service organizations working to improve the safety and quality of life for Broward seniors since 1992. The group meets every first Thursday at the Davie Police Department at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. Broward TRIAD is a member of NATI, the National Association of TRIADS.

Pictured above (left to right): Fernando Cuellar, Citizens on Patrol volunteer Weston District; Capt. Scott Russell Y&NS (Youth and Neighborhood Services); Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles, BSO Head Chaplain; Deputy Kevin Bolling, BSO K-9 ( Bloodhound), TRAID Board Member, Crime Prevention Practitioner; Ann Zucker, Triad Member, BSO Fire Services Educator; Deputy Debra Wallace, Oakland Park Dist, K-9 (Bloodhound); Lloyd Edelstein, BSO Retired, VP TRAID Executive Board

Pictured above (left to right): Fernando Cuellar, Citizens on Patrol volunteer Weston District; Capt. Scott Russell Y&NS (Youth and Neighborhood Services); Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles, BSO Head Chaplain; Deputy Kevin Bolling, BSO K-9 ( Bloodhound), TRAID Board Member, Crime Prevention Practitioner; Ann Zucker, Triad Member, BSO Fire Services Educator; Deputy Debra Wallace, Oakland Park Dist, K-9 (Bloodhound); Lloyd Edelstein, BSO Retired, VP TRAID Executive Board

For further information about TRIAD please contact Broward Sheriff’s Office Youth & Neighborhood
Services at (954) 321-4100.