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BOCA POLICE SHOOTING: Hearing Monday Could Result In Release Of Officer Names

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Jordan Thompson, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A scheduled Monday hearing in the case of Jordan Thompson — shot by Boca Raton police near the Barnes and Noble across from FAU on July 8th — could result in the identification of the two officers involved.

Thompson, according to the affidavit of probable cause, was acting in a threatening and erratic manner when Boca Raton Police responded to the scene late on the evening of July 8th. Thompson, according to the police report, displayed a knife and made threatening gestures to police. After failing to subdue him with a taser, at least one officer opened fire — shooting Thompson.

Thompson was ultimately charged with two counts of “attempted second degree murder of a law enforcement officer.” But those charges were notably downfield to “aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon.” The distinction is significant.

Thompson, a Coconut Creek resident, was hospitalized for weeks. Upon his release, he was ordered to stay in the area and receive mental health care. Those familiar with Thompson say he suffered a mental health episode and suggest police should have tried harder to calm him before shooting him.

While there is no official accusation that police acted inappropriately, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has not yet provided its report on the shooting to the State Attorney’s Office.

WHO SHOT JORDAN THOMPSON?

In a notable sway from the department’s policy of transparency, Boca Raton Police used the controversial “Marsy’s Law” to shield the names of the officers involved from public view. The department’s argument: the police are victims, so their names should not be released. Even four months after the shooting, Boca Raton Police officials continue to conceal the names of the officers involved. The officers were paid, city employees on duty at the time they claim they were victimized while fighting crime.

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The Boca Raton Police Department continues to shield the identity of officers involved in a July shooting. The police department claims the officers are victims and protected by Marsy’s Law.

Thompson’s mother declined comment when contacted by BocaNewsNow.com. Thompson’s attorney, Douglas Rudman, who already secured a major win in having the two attempted murder charges reduced, did not respond to a request for comment.

The case is set for “disposition” Monday morning. While the hearing may amount to nothing more than a status check, prosecutors could decide to drop, or not prosecute, the reduced charges. If that happens, the officers involved would no longer be “victims” of a crime. Their names would become public.

BocaNewsNow.com has obtained a Boca Raton Police duty roster from the night of the shooting, but is holding that information pending the outcome of this case.

 

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