Courthouse News Service – by Nick Rummell
TRENTON, N.J. (CN) – A New Jersey state legislator wants to ban news organizations and the public from accessing 911 recordings and transcripts, as well as recordings from police body and cruiser cameras.
The bill, sponsored Jan. 12 by Sen. Paul Sarlo, D-Bergen, would add the police and 911 recordings to the list of government records excluded under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.
“Specifically, the bill provides that law enforcement camera recordings and 9-1-1 audio recordings or transcripts of a 9-1-1 call are not included as government records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and, therefore, would not be available to the public,” according to the bill’s text.
Only courts, law enforcement agencies, or legally authorized attorneys would have access to the records if the legislation passes.
Sarlo, who is also deputy majority leader, has said the bill is designed to protect citizens caught on tape or video during their “worst moment.”
The bill has not yet been heard by the New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
3 thoughts on “NJ Bill Would Ban The Public From Seeing ALL Police Documents”
Commie Bastard! May it come back to bite him in the ass!
The ONLY reason for introducing this bill is to allow police to brutalize you with impunity.
There’s NO OTHER plausible reason for it, and the excuse given (the bill is designed to protect citizens caught on tape or video during their “worst moment.”) isn’t even a decent attempt to make it seem like it’s in the public interests. It obviously isn’t. They just want to make sure the pigs can keep on killing people, and keep on getting away with it.
That’s ALL this is about.
Another article typo….it should have read:
New Jersey Bill would ban the public from seeing ALL Police “AND” their documents.
Now if they could just ban Krispy Kreme Christy from ALL the public seeing his fat ass.