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Judge to rule on petition seeking to withhold officer names in McDade shooting

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 17:47:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Attorneys for the Florida Police Benevolent Association are waiting for a judge to make a ruling on the petition seeking to keep the names of their clients in the officer-involved shooting of Tony McDade from being released to the public.

Attorney Stephen Webster says he was glad the city agreed to give them until last Friday to file a petition, which they did.

He says the question here is, does Marsy's Law, which protects the identity of victims, exclude police officers?

Webster says there is evidence to show his clients, the officers, were victims but it's up to the court to rule on it.

He feels the judge will rule within a week, or he'll ask for the parties to submit proposed orders.

"This is a matter of first impressions, so he may want to take more time to consider all the evidence," said Webster. "But he's the kind of judge that will hear you and makes a decision."

Webster says if the judge denies their motion they will likely ask for a stay, which would mean they would ask the court to not enforce his ruling to give them an opportunity for an appellate court to review.