BY BUDDY NEVINS
Miami’s WPLG – Channel 10 broadcast a stereotypical television news story on Friday March 21st: A sympathetic community figure shot down by a cop.
“He was well liked in the community and now they want to know why deputies were forced to shoot,” intoned the Channel 10 reporter.
Only one problem with the report about Deosaran Maharaj’ death at the hands of a Broward Sheriff’s deputy.
Maharaj was far from “well liked” by some in Pompano Beach, according to court records.
Maharaj had already been charged with attacking one man with a machete handle. Maharaj’ alleged explanation of his actions is contained in the BSO report on the incident:
“Post-Miranda, the suspect admitted to striking the victim on the head with the machete handle. The suspecte stated he is addicted to crack cocaine and was coming down from his high when this incident occurred. The suspected stated that he had smoked crack the previous night and when the victim did not show up for work in the morning, he was upset. Although he did not plan the attack, he stated that when the victim did show up during the mid-morning hours, he just snapped. The suspect stated he struck the victim only one time and returned to work. He was remorseful and stated that this incident was not typical of him.”
Maharaj was awaiting trial for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon when he was killed. He also had been charged in a separate case with stalking.
Here is the BSO news release on the shooting:
“The incident began just before 8 p.m. when a woman approached BSO Deputy Paul Yesbeck to report that a man had threatened her with a machete. She pointed out the man and his white Chevy Silverado to the deputy in the parking lot of the Marathon Gas Station at Hammondville Road and Northwest 31 Avenue. The truck then left the parking lot with no headlights on.
Deputy Yesbeck attempted a traffic stop on the truck at 8:01 p.m. in the 300 block of Northwest 31 Avenue and, a short time later, advised that shots had been fired. Homicide detectives say Maharaj ignored the deputy’s repeated commands to get on the ground and show his hands. When Majaraj instead walked to his truck and began rifling through it, the deputy was forced to fire multiple shots, at least one of which was fatal. Detectives later recovered the machete from the truck.”
Now, maybe the Channel 10 reporter didn’t know that Maharaj had a record? Not true, said a BSO source.
“PIO (Public Information Officer) actually handed (the reporter) the 2013 arrest report hours before his story ever aired,” said the source.
Is there any reason that Channel 10 should ignore the fact that Marjaraj was a cocaine addict who had been charged in the past with attacking an innocent person with a machete?
There is only one reason and a BSO source spelled it out:
“I guess the truth just didn’t fit (Channel 10s) false narrative of the incident.”
Here is the Channel 10 report.