Media Should Have Access to ‘Use of Force’ Reports Under State Law
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, in Digital First Media d/b/a The Trentonian v. Ewing Township. The case involves the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The Trentonian requested Use of Force Reports (UFRs) compiled after police used force against minors. Ewing Township denied this OPRA request, and the trial court upheld the township’s denial. The brief provides examples of UFRs and similar records being released pursuant to public records laws, and emphasizes how access to the requested UFRs would allow the news media to inform the public about matters of public concern, including the treatment of minors by law enforcement.