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Internal Affairs report shows why Boynton Beach police Officer Mark Sohn was terminated

Report reveals that Sohn tried to 'conceal the existence of a vehicle pursuit'
Mark Sohn, fired Boynton Beach police officer
Posted at 12:08 AM, Aug 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-25 08:38:58-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — An Internal Affairs investigation released Wednesday shows why Boynton Beach police Officer Mark Sohn was terminated.

Sohn was fired nearly eight months after an incident involving a dirt bike crash that killed Stanley Davis III.

Davis, 13, died after an attempted traffic stop by Sohn on the day after Christmas.

According to an Internal Affairs report obtained by WPTV on Wednesday, Sohn "demonstrated poor judgement when he decided to continue the pursuit in a manner not consistent with public safety."

In his statement to Internal Affairs, Sohn "contended that he never engaged in a vehicle pursuit" and was only "monitoring" Davis, despite accelerating to speeds between 79 and 85 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Stanley Davis III, teen who died while being pursued by Boynton Beach police on Dec. 26, 2021
Stanley Davis III died a day after Christmas after crashing a dirt bike during the police pursuit.

"These explanations are without merit and not supported by the evidence in this case," the report said.

The investigation found Sohn "attempted to conceal the existence of a vehicle pursuit from others."

In March, the Florida Highway Patrol found the officer did not act improperly during the attempted traffic stop.