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Feb 25, 2016 4:32 PM

Massachusetts bars release of video in Patriot Chandler Jones' encounter with police

The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Secretary of State's office has ruled that police can withhold from the public video of the encounter between officers and disoriented and shirtless New England Patriots' player Chandler Jones.

Jones, who lives nearby, showed up at the back door of the Foxborough police station at about 7:40 a.m. on Jan. 10, dropped to his knees and locked his hands behind his head. The police report said he was obviously seeking help.

Some media organizations had requested video of the encounter.

The attorney for the state who oversees public records appeals wrote in his decision that Jones' "privacy interest in this matter outweighs the public's interest in disclosure."

Jones was not arrested or disciplined by the team, and later apologized for what he called "a pretty stupid mistake."

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