Taking the stand once again in the murder-hire-retrial of Dalia Dippolito, Boynton Beach Police Public Information Officer Stephanie Slater explained her intention behind having the TV show "COPS" ride along with officers.
"I wanted to have them come because part of my job as the public information officer is to promote the heroic things that law enforcement do every day and what better way to do that than on the TV show "COPS," said Slater.
The defense focused on footage the police department recorded of Dalia Dippolito on the day of her arrest, video that Boynton Beach Police then posted on its YouTube channel.
"You knew at that time there was a pending criminal investigation of Dalia Dippolito, correct?" asked Dippolito's attorney Brian Claypool.
"Correct," answered Slater. "The video that is on YouTube Channel was taken on a public street where there is no expectation of privacy and anyone could have taken the video, just so happen that we did and we posted it," added Slater.
The video Slater referred to was not mentioned in court. The state asked the question, did the defense open the door for the state to bring back the "staged crime scene video" excluded by the judge.
"I was dancing around broken glass on that issue cause the point I wanted to make was Stephanie Slater is the public information officer. The police department did post some videos on YouTube during the Dalia Dippolito investigation, but I couldn't reference this staged crime scene," added Claypool.
Prosecutors asked Slater to clarify for jurors that reports and videos taken by the police department are part of public record and certain records can be released to the public or media during an investigation.
Former Sergeant Frank Ranzie was also called on to testify. He is he first witness to say the "COPS" TV show could have affected the police department's investigation.
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