- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s Supreme Court will decide how much information must be released when police officers use deadly force.

The justices heard arguments Wednesday regarding an appeal filed by North Jersey Media Group.

It sought several police files and dashboard-camera videos related to a fatal 2014 police shooting in Lyndhurst that occurred after a high-speed chase involving a stolen car.

A judge said the items should be released. But a state appellate court overturned that ruling last year, finding they were not public records but confidential investigative files.

State lawyers argued Wednesday that disclosing the records would place the state on a “slippery slope” that could lead to many other types of confidential information being released during investigations.

But a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey claimed police “use of force” reports are considered routine public records.

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