City of Tallahassee releases redacted records on officer-involved shootings
June 16, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) —
in connection to all three officer-involved shootings from 2020.
It comes after mounting pressure from media outlets and activists for more information on the shootings that killed three men. But the documents are heavily redacted and fail to shed light on what happened in the three incidents. The records indicate the redactions are based on active investigations of the three shootings.
happened on March 20, after police were called to the area of Blairstone Road in reference to an attempted carjacking. Both officers who responded were put on administrative leave.
The field report is 138 pages, with the entire original summary redacted.
At least 24 officers are quoted in supplemental reports, many describing directing traffic or transporting the deceased to the morgue.
It says one officer was called to TPD headquarters and told two officers were involved and would "require new duty pistols."
The next officer-involved shooting from this year
. Police say they made contact with an armed suspect outside of the China Super Buffet across the street from the Circle K.
One of the supplemental reports says the CDA received a call from the Circle K across the street "regarding a subject who was bleeding."
According to a TPD release, one of the officers "had to use deadly force" in the confrontation with the suspect. That officer has been placed on administration leave.
The most recent officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee happened on May 27,
Tony McDade, who police believed was the suspect in the stabbing, was shot and killed in that incident.
has made several filings in court to protect the name of the officer who shot McDade, saying Marsy's Law applies to the case since they believe the officer was a victim of aggravated assault.
The documents released by the City of Tallahassee regarding the Saxon Street stabbing and Holton Street officer-involved shooting have a large amount of overlap, as well as redactions.
The Saxon Street stabbing report includes a quote from one officer who called it "first degree premeditated murder."
Multiple officers describe being on each scene for crowd control. One says the crowd on Holton Street became increasingly upset.
Some officers who were searching for the suspect in the Saxon Street stabbing heard "shots fired" over their radios and then went to Holton Street.
Documents about the Holton Street shooting say paramedics loaded McDade into an ambulance; he was pronounced dead at 11:36 a.m. Officers also report being at TMH for crowd control.
One officer responded to a disturbance on Holton Street and heard shots from the other side of the complex; she ran toward the scene. The rest of that officer's statement is redacted.
You can find the public records the city released