- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge has told state authorities they must release the names of the officers who shot a 14-year-old boy they say pointed a gun at them.

The ruling gives the state Attorney General’s Office until July 20 to comply. It came in a lawsuit filed by an activist who claimed the agency wasn’t complying with the state’s Open Public Records Act.

State officials have cited concerns for the officers’ safety. They also noted a grand jury cleared them of any wrongdoing.

The teen, Radazz Hearns, was shot seven times in the buttocks and legs during a foot chase in August 2015. He initially was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses, and he eventually pleaded guilty to a weapons possession count.

Hearns has since been publicly identified by his mother. He was hospitalized for about a week after the shooting.

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