The Illinois legislature has been considering a bill that would allow citizens to record the police doing their jobs (with audio — it’s already legal to record video, but you can’t record the audio too). And Republicans in the state House have killed the bill.
“Citizens are unfortunately being charged under this current law for doing nothing more than what we already do every day, which is to take out our cell phone, open up the camera, and start recording,” said the sponsor of House Bill 3944, Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook,
The bill failed on a 45-59 vote. As a result, Illinois remains a “two-party consent” state when it comes to wiretapping. This means that everyone in a conversation must give their consent if they are to be recorded.
And they’re offering predictably absurd arguments against the bill:
One of the bill’s detractors, Rep. Jim Sacia, R-Freeport, said the bill opens the possibility for citizens to alter audio recordings of interactions with police to make them look bad.
Rep. Jim Watson, R-Jacksonville, agreed.
“We should not be creating an atmosphere where people enter this ‘got you’ mode and try to tape law enforcement, trying to catch them (doing things),” Watson said.
Yeah, what value is there in preventing the police from getting away with lying on reports, framing innocent people and brutalizing those they are paid to protect? What’s next, liberty and justice for all?
“Why should (the police) have to go get a court order to record these people when these people can record them?” said Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst.
Because the 4th Amendment requires it, you dolt. It’s in that constitution you folks claim so absurdly to revere.