City erroneously claims a police excessive force settlement is under court seal

The City of Bayonne told The Jersey Journal that a settlement agreement involving a police excessive force lawsuit had been sealed by a federal judge and could not be released. The news outlet filed an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) complaint in Superior Court. The OPRA judge didn’t rule for or against release, but had the parties go before the federal judge, who said that she didn’t seal the settlement and does NOT believe it should be kept private!
Judge on city’s bid to hide police brutality settlement: ‘You can’t just willy-nilly shield this from the public’
by Terrence T. McDonald
November 8, 2017