CONTROVERSIAL MARSY’S LAW INVOKED. DEPARTMENT CLAIMS OFFICER WHO CHASED DEAD CHILD IS A “VICTIM.”
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Boynton Beach Police Department announced at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday that it will not release the name of the police officer who chased the 13-year-old driving a motorbike, allegedly in an unsafe manner. That boy crashed into a median, then a traffic sign, and died.
The police department is invoking “Marsy’s Law,” claiming that the officer is a “victim” and is entitled to the privacy afforded under the controversial law.
From Boynton Beach Police: “The Boynton Beach Police Department has received a number of requests for the officer involved in the tragic crash to be identified. The officer invoked his right to Marsy’s Law exemptions as he and his family are victims of ongoing threats to their safety.
The department has taken the time to consult with the City Attorney’s Office, and based on their advice, Marsy’s Law does apply to this officer in both the threats case and Sunday’s crash.
Therefore, in order to comply with the law, the department will not be releasing the name of the officer involved in the crash.
According to Marsy’s Law, every victim is entitled to the right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse. In addition, the law gives every victim the right to prevent the disclosure of information or records that could be used to locate or harass the victim or the victim’s family, or which could disclose confidential or privileged information of the victim.”
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