Boca Raton Police Officers Invoke “Marsy’s Law” As FDLE Continues Investigation.
What Is Police Department Hiding? Report Suggests Officers Acted Professionally, Appropriately, Yet Names Blocked…
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE: 4:40 p.m: Boca Raton Police provided BocaNewsNow.com with a District Court of Appeals ruling stating that officers may block their names from being release after they shoot someone. Read it, below.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The two Boca Raton Police officers who shot a man at Barnes and Noble on Glades Road after he allegedly lunged at them with a knife are hiding behind Marsy’s Law, a law designed to protect the true victims of violent crime, not police officers who are on the public payroll.
The officers, according to a police report, did what they needed to do to protect themselves and the public as Jordan Thompson lunged at them with a knife on July 8th. When a taser allegedly proved ineffective, an officer shot multiple rounds at Thompson, striking him.
But why the officers are invoking “Marsy’s Law” remains unclear. The officers were on duty. They were being paid by the public. They discharged at least one weapon, multiple times, in a public place. There is no suggestion that the officers did anything wrong. Yet the Boca Raton Police Department is hiding their identities — claiming the officers are the victims of violent crime. Marsy’s law was initially crafted as a California law to give victims of crime additional rights. It was not crafted to protect police officers from public review and scrutiny.
Also notable, more than a week after the shooting, Jordan Thompson’s mug shot remains unavailable to the public, raising additional questions about the shooting. It was not immediately clear if Thompson remains hospitalized, but booking photos of hospitalized suspects are not uncommon on the booking blotter — certainly a week after an arrest.
This is the narrative written by the Boca Raton Police investigator who investigated the officer involved shooting.
“(Boca Raton Police were called to the Barnes and Noble for reports of a suspicious man with a knife)…Responding uniformed personnel located a white male, later identified as Jordan Samuel Thompson (D.0.B. 12/06/1992) on the sidewalk near the front entrance of the Barnes and Nobles. Thompson was armed with a knife. A confrontation ensued and one of the uniformed officers discharged his service weapon striking Thompson multiple times. Thompson was trauma alerted to Delray Beach Medical Center by Boca Raton Fire Rescue. I conducted a sworn video recorded interview with a citizen informant on scene. The video was marked for evidence. The following is a brief synopsis of the interview.”
“The witness came to Barnes and Nobles at approximately 2030 hours on 08/07/21. He sat at a table to the west of the front entrance. While doing work on his laptop computer, he observed a suspicious white male pacing back and forth on the sidewalk. The male came over and placed a backpack against a cement pillar in close proximity to where the witness was sitting. Shortly thereafter, the maie was back pacing in front of the business. He was now displaying a large knife (inside a sheath) in his hand. At one point, he observed the male with one hand on each front of the knife and banging the flat side of the sheath against his forehead.”
“The witness, who was in fear for his safety, packed up his personal belonging and retreated to his vehicle. The witness called 911 to report the suspicious male and remained in his vehicle.”
“He observed two B.R.P.D. uniformed officers arrive on scene. The approached the suspicious white male who was still on the sidewalk near the Barnes and Noble. He was unable to hear any conversation between the officers and the subject. Shortly thereafter, the witness said he observed the subject “lunge through the air” at the officers. He then heard at least three gun shots.”
“I reviewed the video on the scene. The video captured two BRPD officers making contact with Thompson on the sidewalk, near the front entrance of the Barnes and Noble. Thompson was armed with a knife in his right hand. The sheath was no longer over the knife blade. He refused to comply with their numerous verbal commands. Thompson then turned westbound away from the officers, with the knife in hand. One officer immediately discharged his taser at Thompson. It did not appear to have any effect. Thompson ran a short distance and jumped onto a metal bench. Thompson then turned back towards the officers, lunged off the bench through the air, directly towards the officers, while still armed with the knife in his right hand. Thompson was within 10 feet of both officers. The officer discharged his service weapon multiple times striking Thompson. The officer secured the scene and immediately began rendering first aid to Thompson.”
“Based upon the above information and investigation, probable cause exists to charge Jordan Samuel Thompson with two counts of attempted second degree murder of a law enforcement officer.”
”It should be noted that both officers have invoked their rights of confidentiality under Marsy’s Law.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues its investigation into the actions of the Boca Raton Police Officers. FDLE involvement is routine following a police-involved shooting. There is no indication that the Boca Raton Police Officers acted inappropriately or that the shoot is “bad,” but the cloud of secrecy is notable for a police department that is traditionally forthcoming with information.
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