The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the New Jersey state police to try to get information on promotion policies.

The suit filed Monday accuses state police of violating the state's Open Public Records Act when it rejected a request by a Latino group headed by a retired police officer.

Richard Rivera had requested information on the criteria and methods that state police use when making promotion decisions. The request was rejected last month as being "improper and over-broad."

The ACLU claims that while state police are allowed to keep individual employment records private, they are not allowed to keep general information on policies from the public.

The state attorney general's office declined to comment on the lawsuit.


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