BOYNTON BEACH – The family and attorneys of a Boynton Beach boy killed on a motorcycle while trying to stop traffic said Tuesday they want the city police officer fired after a Palm Beach Post article detailed the officer’s extensive disciplinary history.
Stanley Davis III, a 13-year-old student at Congress Middle School, died Dec. 26 after he lost control and crashed his motorcycle along the North Federal Highway while Boynton Beach officer Mark Sohn attempted to l arrested for alleged reckless driving.
Sohn’s internal affairs file and court documents obtained by The Post revealed that the officer had been involved in two previous vehicle chases that resulted in the deaths of black victims, including a 5-year-old boy in 2016.
Overall, Sohn has been disciplined at least 14 times since being hired in March 2002, including three times for violating police department prosecution policy.
“I can say without reservation that this is one of the worst records I’ve ever seen on an officer,” said attorney Jasmine Rand, who represents Davis’ family with civil rights attorney Ben Crump. . “Mark Sohn has a documented 20-year history of terrorizing black citizens in Boynton Beach.”
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Boynton Beach officials did not identify Sohn after invoking his right to privacy under a 2018 constitutional amendment that allows victims of crime or their families to protect their names and personal information from the public.
City Manager Lori LaVerriere did not respond to an email Tuesday, but previously said she could not act until the Florida Highway Patrol completes its investigation into the fatal crash, followed by an investigation into the internal affairs of the city.
According to the city’s own schedule, it could take more than six months.
“We are calling for his dismissal so that no other family has to endure the pain that I suffer, my family suffers and the whole community suffers,” said Shannon Thompson, Davis’ mother.
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Sue-Ann Robinson, who also represents Davis’ family, said she expected Boynton Beach officials to call Sohn a “rotten apple” and say he doesn’t reflect on the police department.
“It’s not a bad apple,” Robinson said. “He is a symptom of a disease that is rampant across the country in policing. …”
Crump did not appear at Tuesday’s news conference, but previously said the family intended to file a lawsuit against the city.
This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Boynton Family Demands Officer’s Firing in Motorcycle Death of Teenager