Judge issues stay in Marsy’s Law case, keeping name of officer in Tony McDade shooting secret for now


A judge issued a stay in a legal battle over whether police officers in use-of-force cases should be granted confidentiality under Marsy’s Law.

The decision by Circuit Judge Charles Dodson means the name of the Tallahassee Police Department officer who shot and killed Tony McDade will remain secret for now.

Dodson last week found Marsy’s Law didn’t apply to on-duty officers and ordered the city to release the officer’s name. But the Florida Police Benevolent Association appealed the ruling and asked for a stay, which Dodson agreed to grant.

The PBA argued that under a 1993 case out of Delray Beach, appellate rules allowing automatic stays applied not just to cities but also police officers named individually in a complaint.

In a telephonic hearing this morning, Dodson cited the Delray Beach case and noted that he himself referred numerous times in his order to officers working in their official capacity.

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