Appeals Panel: Media Not Entitled To Police Video

TRENTON (AP) -

The public isn’t entitled to police dashcams and other records during criminal investigations under the state’s open-records law, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The panel overturned a judge’s decision requiring law enforcement agencies to turn over records related to the fatal shooting of a Newark man to The Record newspaper. They said the judge misinterpreted the state Open Public Records Act’s provisions.

North Jersey Media Group senior counsel Robert Thompson said the court’s decision “inflicts a devastating loss of transparency” on the public’s ability to get information on the police use of deadly force. He plans to appeal.