WFSU by Rayan Dailey
July 14, 2020
The legal battle over whether to release the name of the Tallahassee police officer who shot and killed Tony McDade in May continued Monday.
The Florida Police Benevolent Association in June sued the City of Tallahassee to keep the officer’s name, and another officer who was at the scene when McDade was killed, from being made public. News media outlets and the First Amendment Foundation moved to intervene in the suit, arguing for the release of the officers’ names.
Attorney Stephen Webster represents the Florida PBA. He argued Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment intended to protect identities of victims, covers the concealing of victims’ names.
“Basically, Marsy’s law is just broad enough as drafted to include any information that could be used to locate or harass the victim, or the victim’s family,” Webster said, adding people could use an officers’ name to look up other information like addresses.
PBA attorneys have also argued police officers should be afforded the protections of any civilian victim of a crime under Marsy’s Law.