News 4 Jax by Kelly Wiley
September 25, 2020
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The very last slide of a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office training course on Florida’s Marsy’s Law has triggered a lawsuit against the agency.
Marsy’s Law is Florida’s Bill of Rights for Victims. Marsy’s Law has been passed in several states and provides protections for victims, including the right to have their names excluded from public police reports and documents.
But, according to the training slide, officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office can’t invoke Marsy’s Law protections in the course of their official duty.
The Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents officers, is suing the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to challenge the policy.
The attorney for Jacksonville’s Fraternal Order of Police said the constitutional right in Florida should be afforded to everyone, including officers.