I Support Making Police Records Public in New Jersey
In New Jersey, police misconduct records — such as excessive force, lying, and falsifying reports — are largely kept secret. Without this information, the public cannot identify officers who violated the rules and hold them accountable for their actions. Allowing the public to have access to law enforcement disciplinary histories is the first step in stopping police from brutalizing and wrongfully convicting innocent people.
That could change with new legislation. Senate Bill 2656, sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, is currently being considered by state lawmakers to make information about misconduct available under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. This legislation is a decisive measure in beginning to create law enforcement accountability and preventing wrongful convictions. Read more about the bill, here.
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