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Chicago's Top Cop Supports Recording of Police

January 30, 2012  | 

Photo: POLICE File.
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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy wants lawmakers to overturn a 2010 Illinois law known as the Eavesdropping Act, which made it a Class 1 felony to record police officers performing their duties.

McCarthy said he believes citizen recordings would help officers as well as protesters, and cited the Occupy protests as an example. Recordings of his officers would show officers giving verbal warnings to unruly protesters, reports CBS News.

"The first night, after we made 147 arrests, the goal was to assure that what was recorded was the fact that, 'Excuse me, sir, you are in violation of the law; You are about to be arrested; You have the opportunity to leave. If you choose to leave, you can leave now. If you choose to stay, you will be arrested.' Which was the warning that we gave every single one of the 147 people that were arrested that night," McCarthy told a panel at Loyola University on Wednesday.

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Martin @ 1/30/2012 7:17 PM

The Chicago Police Department needs a Superintendent from their ranks. Send McCarthy back to the East Coast!

john @ 1/30/2012 7:55 PM

I would agree if the recordings were used only for evidentiary purposes, but they won't. They will be posted all over Youtube and every where else. Some officers do not want to stay in uniform their whole career. But once their face is plastered all over the internet, it will make their undercover jobs more dangerous.

Ernest @ 1/31/2012 1:24 AM

Having the so-called 'eavesdropping law' is unconstitutional!
Even when you take a media course you are told that everyone is 'fair game' who is outside in public view.
As police officers - who are 'public servants - they more than anyone else should be allowed to taped.
What about surveillance cameras? They tell citizens what I just told you!

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