- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a handful of new directives Wednesday to law enforcement, aimed at overhauling how police and prosecutors handle investigations, including the release of video from incidents involving officers.

Grewal unveiled the directives in Newark alongside State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan, other law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

Among the changes are a presumption in favor of publicly releasing any video recordings that show “serious” use of force by authorities. The new rule also includes the release of third-party footage captured by surveillance cameras or a smartphone.

The change is aimed at promoting transparency and trust with the public, Grewal said.

The directives stemmed in part from requests for clarity from stakeholders across the state, Grewal said.

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