In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, New Jersey’s Attorney General issued two directives calling on state and local police agencies to release the names of law enforcement officers subject to major discipline, including those subject to discipline within the last 20 years. In response, five police unions representing law enforcement officers sued. The ACLU-NJ, alongside advocacy and service organizations in New Jersey, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the directives before the Appellate Division on July 7, 2020. The Appellate Division upheld the directives, and the law enforcement unions appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. The ACLU-NJ again filed an amicus brief alongside 26 community organizations, emphasizing that police accountability requires transparency in disciplinary records, and that transparency in police discipline is essential to public safety and the public interest.
In re: Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive Nos. 2020-05 and 2020-06
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice; Cherry Hill Women’s Center; Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County; Faith in New Jersey; Fair Share Housing Center; Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey; Latino Action Network; LatinoJustice PR
December 14, 2020
New Jersey Supreme Court