NJ Open Government Notes

Passaic discloses Internal Affairs log

In response to a judge’s order arising out of an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) lawsuit (Richard Rivera v. City of Passaic, et al, Docket No. PAS-L-462-15), the City of Passaic (Passaic County) Police Department has disclosed a redacted log showing the disposition and case number of all Internal Affairs matters processed by the Department between 2011 and 2014.  That log is on-line here.

The log does not disclose the name of the officers charged or the complainants.  But, it still reveals some useful information, such as that out of the 25 excessive force complaints brought against officers in the four year period, 19 resulted in “exonerated,” 3 in “unfounded,” 2 in “not sustained” and 1 as “administratively closed.”

By John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project