In 2016, I found out about an attorney who filed suit against the New Jersey State Police after she claimed a pair of troopers cuffed her and threw her in a holding cell for refusing to answer questions during a traffic stop. I went right to the video tape, filing an Open Public Records Act request for the dashboard video of the stop. The video backed up the woman's claims and drew national attention after we published excerpts showing the troopers arresting her and then telling her she had "the right to remain silent."
More than a year later, the state settled the case for $30,000. They admitted no wrongdoing, but the lawyer got a letter conceding she had been arrested without cause and a State Police spokesman told me the troopers received additional training.