CJ Griffin attorney at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden quoted in hudsoncountyview.com article, “Private investigator suing HCPO, Jersey City over OPRAs related to police-involved shooting.” The article explains an Open Public Records Act has been filed related to a police-involved shooting in July that he alleges were either improperly denied or not answered in a timely fashion.
However, Rivera, through his attorney C.J. Griffin, a partner at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, P.C., argues that the HCPO’s response is in violation of state guidelines.
“HCPO has violated OPRA by failing to provide the Use of Force Reports and Police Use of Deadly Force-Attorney General Notification Report, which are required to be made pursuant to the Attorney General’s Use of Force Policy and are therefore not criminal investigatory records,” the suit says.
” … HCPO’s position is also contrary to the Attorney General Enforcement Directive No. 2018-1, which orders police videos involving police use of deadly force to be released to the public when upon ‘substantial completion of the initial investigation, generally such initial investigation should be concluded within 20 days of the use-of-force event.’”
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