For Immediate Release
August 31, 2017

Contact: Sandi Poreda, APR / 850.766.1906

Florida Police Chiefs Respond to Supreme Court Decision on State Attorney Sentencing Case

Tallahassee, FL  – The Florida Police Chiefs Association today released the following statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling that the Governor can use his executive authority to reassign cases to state attorneys willing to consider capital punishment as a viable sentencing option:

“This ruling is certainly a victory for victims of crime and their families, especially for the colleagues, families and friends of fallen law enforcement officers,” said Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad, the association president. “The Florida Police Chiefs Association feels very strongly that when an officer is harmed or killed, every sentencing option should be on the table. We appreciate that the Court has affirmed this and we are very grateful for Governor Scott’s leadership on this issue.”