It only took them a few days, but the Chicago Tribune has caught up with this blog. They have a story about HB3944, proposed by Representative Elaine Nekritz, which would amend the Illinois Eavesdropping statute to allow citizens to video record police officers on duty.
The Tribune quotes Representative Nekritz as saying: “I believe that the existing statute is a significant intrusion into First Amendment rights, so with the prosecutions and the court cases that have been reported about, it just seemed that this is a problem in need of a swift solution.”
The article goes on to state:
Officials with the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago have said the union backs the current law because it prevents people from making baseless accusations against officers by recording them and then releasing snippets that don’t reveal the full context of the incident.
But Nekritz — whose proposed legislation, HB 3944, also would allow a person to record a phone conversation with a business if the business says it may record the call — said police officers working in public should not consider their actions private.