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Reporters Committee for Freedom: Court Should Order New Jersey Police to Identify Officer Fired for 'Racially Offensive Behavior'

Jan 11, 2020 - Targeted News Service

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press issued the following news:

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- Reporters Committee attorneys argue that the state's public records law 'explicitly requires' disclosure of the officer's name.

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Attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of 16 media organizations are asking the New Jersey Supreme Court to order the New Jersey State Police to reveal the name of an officer fired for "racially offensive behavior."

On Dec. 20, Reporters Committee attorneys and Bruce S. Rosen of McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that information requested by Libertarians for Transparent Government is clearly required to be disclosed under state law. Moreover, they contend, disclosing the records "will enable members of the news media to tell important stories bearing directly on readers' communities, while providing oversight, fostering accountability, and building institutional tru...