- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police in Sioux Falls will no longer tell the public the exact location of a crime because doing so could violate a constitutional amendment voters approved earlier this month.

The Sioux Falls Police Department on Monday announced it will now note crime locations by districts, the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2fYBnRa ) reported. So, if a business is burglarized, the department won’t identify it by name. Or if a homicide occurs at the victim’s residence, the exact location won’t be released.

The department’s move is in response to the passage of Constitutional Amendment S, also known as Marsy’s Law, which incorporated into the state constitution a victim’s right to privacy, protection from harassment or abuse, and timely notice of trial, sentencing and post-judgment proceedings.

The amendment includes a provision that gives victims “the right to prevent the disclosure of information or records that could be used to locate or harass the victim or the victim’s family, or which could disclose confidential or privileged information about the victim, and to be notified of any request for such information or records.”

State law allows the public to have access to crime information, but Police Chief Matt Burns said Amendment S overrides state law on the issue of disclosure.

“Our job is to look at the new Marsy’s Law and where the conflicts are, because constitutional amendments trump state law,” Burns said.

Under the change, the police department will only identify the zone where a crime occurred. Addresses of all criminal incidents involving victims will be removed from daily and 30-day call logs.

Sioux Falls Police and the state’s Department of Public Safety have also stopped releasing information about vehicle crashes because those reports typically include the addresses of the parties involved.

Marsy’s Law is named for California college student Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, who was stalked and killed in 1983 by an ex-boyfriend. Her brother, Henry Nicholas, bankrolled the effort to expand it to South Dakota.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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