Lawmakers Approve Police Body Cameras

Illinois Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a set of rules last week for police body cameras. The legislation was passed in response to national controversies over use of force after the deaths of unarmed black citizens in New York, Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere.

Under the law, police in participating departments would have to keep body cameras on at all times while on a call and the recordings would be maintained for 90 days. The law would also require independent investigations of officer-involved deaths. Proponents of the law hope it will serve to reduce police misconduct and unlawful use of force. The bill now goes to Governor Rauner for consideration.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of police misconduct, contact the experienced police misconduct attorneys at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. today to discuss your legal rights.

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