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Updated: 04/20/2014 08:00:03AM

Statute offers differing views on transparency

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Florida Statute 112.533 governs the way law enforcement agencies receive and process complaints against their own officers.

The statute allows for agencies like the North Port Police Department to withhold the names of officers under investigation, which they’ve done repeatedly in recent days, but in a weird twist the same law also allows them to release those names if they’re willing to take the chance of receiving a criminal penalty.

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