Illinois law enforcement officials ask for law governing use of body cameras

CHICAGO - State lawmakers are being asked by Illinois law enforcement officials to create a law that would govern the use of body cameras.

On Friday, several police and law enforcement union representatives testified at an Illinois House Judiciary Committee hearing, saying they want to ensure that privacy and cost issues are addressed before police start using the cameras.

According to Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police President Fred Hayes, law enforcement officials are concerned that after beginning to use the body cameras, they will be confronted with legislation that would force them to scale back or stop using the devices.

The hearing was held in order to discuss how the police use of body cameras would be affected by a proposed eavesdropping law.  In March, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law, stating that law was too broad.
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