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The family of a pedestrian hit and killed by a Jacksonville police officer in May — searching for public records related to the officer’s work history — was asked to pay more than $300,000, and that was just the cost of the search.
Officer Tim James, who was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office 11 times before he was arrested in June on charges of beating a handcuffed teenager, hit and killed Blane Land with his police cruiser about a month before the incident that led to his arrest. Attorney John M. Phillips, who is representing the Land family, asked for records relating to James’ driving history and civil rights complaints.
The request was routine, but the outspoken attorney was shocked by the cost — which would have covered the first of three potential estimates.
“When Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office kills someone and then sends you a $314,000 bill for public records, when they know they kept a bad officer on the force,” Phillips wrote in a Monday evening Facebook post that went viral, garnering 187 shares as of Tuesday night.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: iWontGiveUP
I call this obstruction of justice, blackmail, theft and more, therefore grounds to have the feds come in, arrest the entire police department and replace them, until all suspects have been either cleared or had legal proceedings concluded against them.