Very good news out of Illinois, where the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing that state’s ban on recording police officers on duty without their permission. Illinois is one of only two states that make such recordings explicitly illegal, but this is the third court to come down against it (two state, now one federal).
A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled today that Illinois’ eavesdropping law “likely violates” the First Amendment and ordered that authorities be banned from enforcing it.
The ruling from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago is the strongest blow yet to the law, which is one of the strictest in the country and makes it illegal for people to audio record police officers in public without their consent.
It’s only a preliminary injunction at this point, but it’s still good news. The district court refused such an injunction initially, but the appeals court has reversed and the case now goes for a full trial. And just in time for the NATO summit, where one can expect a fair amount of police abuse and misconduct against protesters.