You’ve probably heard by now about the Tallahassee Police Department releasing a copy of a police report about an alleged assault by a FSU player who supposedly punched a woman in the face, where the TPD redacted the name of the player, but not the victim.
What you probably haven’t heard is the explanation for doing that. I tell you what, it’s a real doozy.
“Anything that is considered active criminal investigation is redacted,” said a Tallahassee Police records official on the phone Friday morning. “If the suspect has not been charged with a crime at this time, it’s redacted and then the Criminal Investigations Department is following up with it. If that person ever becomes charged, then it becomes public record. Obviously, a witness name is not gonna be released, because what they can provide is still part of an active criminal investigation.”
So why list the alleged victim’s name?
“Victim’s names are not exempt from public records law,” the official said, unless it’s a case involving sexual violence.
In other words, “Because we can. You got a problem with that?”
Jeebus. It’s a wonder anyone goes to the trouble of filing charges down there. What’s the point?