CJ Griffin Quoted in Star Ledger Editorial Encouraging Passage of Bill Creating Civilian Complaint Review Boards with Subpoena Power and Bill Permitting Public Access of Police Disciplinary Records.
CJ Griffin, Director of the Justice Gary S. Stein Public Interest Center at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in an opinion by the Star Ledger Editorial Board, “A crucial step toward police reform in New Jersey.” The article encourages passage of two bills that address police reform and accountability: one permitting creation of civilian complaint review boards (CCRBs) for every town in New Jersey, and the other permitting public access to police disciplinary records. With respect to the bill permitting the creation of CCRBs, the editorial notes the bill limits CCRB investigations to those triggered by civilian complaints only, but not internal complaints.
Attorney CJ Griffin of Pashman-Stein, the open records advocate, agrees that “things like falsifying reports and mishandling evidence often spring up from internal complaints. Even misused sick time is the equivalence of theft. The CCRB should investigate it all.”
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