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A civil rights victory

Federal appeals court strikes down law banning the recording of police.

4 Responses to “A civil rights victory”

  1. nk Says:

    I would like to read the opinion. I know the Illinois law. It is pretty clear that you cannot record private citizens. But there is an exception for “law enforcement purposes” recording by a private citizen as long as he is not “an agent of the police”. Which I always took to mean that a private citizen could record an encounter with the police.

  2. milquetoast Says:

    the court opinion

    Illinois law
    INAL but from Sec. 14-4

    The eavesdropping of an oral conversation or an electronic communication between any law enforcement officer, State’s Attorney, Assistant State’s Attorney, the Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, or a judge, while in the performance of his or her official duties, if not authorized by this Article or proper court order, is a Class 1 felony.

  3. SPQR Says:

    Unc, that’s not really what happened. Its very likely what the end result will be, but its not there yet. This was about a preliminary injunction banning the law’s enforcement while the case goes forward.

  4. nk Says:

    Thank you, milquetoast.

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