“Other officers around the country that see this story when ’20/20′ runs it – as well as the jurisdictions around Tallahassee that have seen the coverage already – are going to see what happened there and ask why.
“No one is going to ignore this. I can promise you that.”
Natapoff argues there should be more accountability, more documentation and more transparency when it comes to confidential informants. She thinks cases like Hoffman’s and Johnston’s will help shine a light on this secretive and largely unknown aspect of police work.
“Inch by inch, story by story, you’re going to start seeing the ramifications of these actions,” she said. “But reform in the criminal justice system is usually one piece of the puzzle at a time.”
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