Tallahassee, Florida, where the law is on your side

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?

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15 responses to “Tallahassee, Florida, where the law is on your side

  1. gastr1

    No kidding. What a joke that department is.

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  2. Cousin Eddie

    Do they issue” get out of jail free cards” stapled to scholarships?

    So now that the victim is know, should ESPN call her and ask who she thought punched her then make it “public”

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  3. Does anyone want to win the way that these other places choose to? Really? I know I don’t. I’d rather be vandy than be like these scum bag places.

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    • Russ

      Yep. I feel the same way.

      And cue the “Moral victory” and “high horse” comments in 3…2…1…

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    • Gastr1

      Yeah, but do be careful with how far you take that, because that’s how StingTalk justifies the existence of Tech football on a daily basis.

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  4. reipar

    What if this is not the way the PD enforces the law just for athletes. What if this is the way they enforce the law for all citizens? Tallahassee must be one scary place!

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    • Uglydawg

      …or maybe, reipar..there are just an inordinate number of women in Tallywhackerville that are “just asking for it”.

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  5. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    And the victim is not a witness? Guess she didn’t see it when she was (alleged) assaulted and can’t testify to anything.

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  6. georgiajeepn

    This is the way it is and just another way to let athletes and their families and eventually their lawyers know that any and all stars are welcome in Tally and you WILL be protected when you play for FSU from any and all crimes you commit. Screw any and all who do not agree with us. The sad thing is the higher ups at FSU have to know and condone this.

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  7. Lrgk9

    Ole Willie Williams shoulda taken a trip to Tallahassee instead of Gainesville.

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  8. Spike

    The “Official” quoted here is wrong. It is against Florida law to identify an alleged sexual assault victim by name. Their initials are used in warrants, police reports and even in the Information or Indictment.

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  9. I’m gonna put this as succinctly as I possibly can- FUCK the Tallahassee Police Department! Those enablers are at the opposite end of the spectrum from the ACCPD.

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  10. heyberto

    Boom. Lawyered.

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