Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Private Investigator News: Florida law allows officers to request mug shots withheld from public

"The state attorney’s office’s announcement last year that it was arresting six people in the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office kickback scheme was big news.

It also set off a scramble for mug shots that exposed a potential point of contention the next time a law enforcement officer is arrested.

Florida Statute 119.071 gives a sworn law enforcement officer the right to request in writing that his or her arrest photograph not be released to the public.

Controversy can arise when the media looks for the photograph and a jail supervisor must decide whether to snub the media or ignore the jailed officer’s request.

It’s an issue Okaloosa County Corrections Director Larry Caskey doesn’t relish.

“This statute has really created a conundrum for us,” he said. Caskey was faced with the dilemma for the first time in July 2009, when the Northwest Florida Daily News was looking for mug shots of former Chief Deputy Michael Coup and former Chief of Staff Sabra Thornton, who were arrested and charged with racketeering and grand theft, respectively.

Thornton and Coup had signed requests not to have their photographs released."  
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