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Open Government Advocacy Project:
No incident reports filed in police accidental shooting
 

Issue Detail:

 
I received a letter dated June 15, 2011 from Lauren R. Staiger, Esq., attorney for Lacey Township. Ms. Staiger wrote in response to my records request for "all reports, including supplemental reports, of" a June 2, 2011 incident in which Lacey Police Officer Gerald Noda's firearm discharged in the police squad room injuring fellow Officer Julie Barcalow. The letter is on-line here: According to Ms. Staiger, Lacey Police Chief William A. Nalley informed her "that he does not currently have any records responsive to [my] request, not even an incident report." He noted however, that "the internal investigation will generate a report" in about a week. It is doubtful that I or anyone else from the public will be allowed to see the upcoming report since it is likely to be exempt from disclosure. If no report presently exists, I cannot fault Lacey Township for not disclosing it. Yet, I find it odd that no written report has yet been generated regarding this incident. I took it as a given that a police officer's weapon discharging and injuring another officer at police headquarters would have caused an immediate, written report to be filed. John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project

 

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