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City of Tallahassee plans to release identity of officer who shot Tony McDade

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jun 05, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The City of Tallahassee has pushed back its date for releasing the identity of the officer who shot and killed Tony McDade.

According to a newly released statement, the city has given the Big Bend Police Benevolent Association a five day extension on filing a motion related to Marsy's Law.

Richard Murphy told ABC 27 that the city manager gave the extension and that the deadline is now on Friday, June 12.

That means the earliest we could learn the name of the officer is Friday.

You can read the full statement from the City of Tallahassee below:

”The City of Tallahassee has been notified of the PBA’s intent to file a motion this week related to Marsy’s Law. With respect for the legal process, the City has agreed to respect the PBA’s effort to seek a court ruling to determine if a police officer is exempt under the victim’s rights state constitutional amendment.“

The city of Tallahassee is planning release the identity of the officer who shot and killed Tony McDade on Monday, June 8.

City Attorney Cassandra K. Jackson made the announcement on Friday. This comes after a Leon County judge deniedan emergency injunction filed by the Florida Police Benevolent Association seeking to protect the officer's identity under Marsy's Law.

You can read the full statement from the city attorney below:

At the hearing on the PBA’s emergency motion for injunction yesterday, the Circuit Court denied the PBA’s motion on technical grounds.

The City of Tallahassee has received public records requests and is reviewing those requests for applicable Florida law exemptions from disclosure. The City was also waiting for a determination on the merits as to whether a police officer was a victim for the purpose of Marsy’s law and entitled to have information, including the officer’s name, withheld from public disclosure.

After consultation with the City Manager, the City advised the PBA that it was the City’s position that Marsy’s law did not apply to prevent disclosure. Thus, unless there is another public records exemption under Florida law that applies, the requested record will be released.

The PBA has requested an opportunity to file appropriate documents with the Court to attempt to prevent the release of the officer’s name under Marsy’s law; therefore, the City informed the PBA that the requested records will be released on Monday, June 8.