More on the bill to allow citizens to video police

Rep. Elaine Nekritz

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.


Here is a link to the full text of HB3944.

2 thoughts on “More on the bill to allow citizens to video police

  1. I don’t know how anyone in public can expect that their actions or words are private, and a citizen stopped by the police should have the right to record themselves in public especially with the police to protect their interests. If the police are following the law, they should not have any problem with being video or audio taped. They are in public. They don’t want to show they are abusing the public.

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