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Court Shelves Ban on Recording of Officers In Ill.

May 09, 2012  | 

A federal appellate court has ordered Illinois police and prosecutors not to arrest or charge anyone for recording police officers.

The state's eavesdropping law­—which makes it a felony to tape-record a police officer arresting someone—is being challenged in the courts and by state legislators.

City officials had already announced they would not be enforcing the law during the NATO Summit this month, because of the court challenges and because "police will have more important things to focus on than enforcing that law," said Roderick Drew, a spokesman for the city Law Department.

Read the full Chicago Sun-Times story.

Comments (3)

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jason v @ 5/11/2012 2:55 AM

Why would somebody even think to ban the recording of any public worker to begin with. Police are public employees who work out in the public view seems like they had something to hide.

Dave @ 5/11/2012 5:33 AM

We give police great powers to take away citizens' freedoms and liberties. It makes sense that the people who have that kin of power should be able to be monitored to ensure that they're not abusing that power. A ban against recording police serves no purpose other than to make it look like the governmen has something to hide. If the gov't can monitor its citizens, th citizens should be able to monitor their government.

W. @ 5/11/2012 5:56 AM

I'm a police officer in Illinois. If you wonder why there is such a law on the books here just look at how so many of our deadbeat politicians ended up in prison after being secretly recorded. It's not police officers being recorded that they were worried about...

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