NJ: Justices weigh public’s right to know in fatal cop encounters

In one of the biggest legal battles over government transparency in New Jersey, the state Supreme Court is poised to determine how much information the public receives in the hours and days after police officers use fatal force.

A key question in the case is whether law enforcement agencies must release records that name police officers who use fatal force in the line of duty. Another is whether dashboard-camera videos of such incidents are public or confidential.

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New Jersey: State Supreme Court will hear S.J. open public records case

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided it would hear a dispute between Galloway Township and the New Jersey public-records advocate and blogger John Paff over the state’s Open Public Records Act.

The conflict is over the access of electronic records under OPRA.

What is not in dispute is that Paff made an electronic request for information. Continue…

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