Body Cam Bill Signed

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

Governor Signs Landmark Public Safety Bill

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 1304 today to create the Police and Community Improvement Act.

A body camera.

A body camera.

“Today we are taking steps to strengthen the relationship between our law enforcement officers and the public they protect with the Police and Community Improvement Act,” Governor Rauner said.

“As a society, we must ensure the safety of both the public and law enforcement. SB 1304 establishes new and important guidelines and training for police departments and their officers, while protecting the public by prohibiting officers from using excessive force. I thank the legislators who sponsored this bill. It will have a lasting and positive impact on the people of Illinois.”

Additional Background: Illinois is the first state in the country to pass comprehensive legislation that include

  • procedures for police departments that utilize body cameras;
  • establish reporting requirements for officers who make stops or arrests;
  • crisis intervention and racial sensitivity training; and
  • prohibits excessive force like choke holds


Body Cam Bill Signed — 9 Comments

  1. Nero fiddled while rome burned or look at this shiny object over here.

    The State is broke and the Chicago Schools and Illinois employees pension funds are depleted.

    Illinois politicians pass anything to distract from these hard realities.

  2. What corporation will make the body cameras.

    I’d like to invest as they surely will profit from this.

  3. What’s wrong with a company selling a camera?

    Who are the cops supposed to get cameras from?

    The Peoples Camera Manufacturers Union?

    Would it be better that they not have cameras at all since a company is profiting?

    What about cars, or clothes, or radios, since the companies who produce these items profit as well?

    I hope you legitimately want to make money and aren’t making some weird tongue in cheek comment, but based on your other comments I suspect it’s the latter.

  4. Relax Joe.

    Nothing at wrong with that.

    I just want a piece of the action.

    As much as you would like to paint me a socialist I am very much a capitalist.

    No need to start another red scare.

    It’s not 1960 anymore.

  5. Eric is right on the point that it is not 1960 anymore. It is post 1984 and Atlas is shrugging!

  6. When reading about the dystopian Oath keepers and the incessant rants about me, me, me aka individualism. You are probably right in saying we a moving that way. It doesn’t have to be that way. We all lose if we continue down that road.

  7. I think it’s good we’re trying to hold the police department more accountable.

  8. May be tort protection which will lead to lower costs (hopefully).

    Does anyone know how/if Crystal Lake or Lakewood insure themselves?

    Do they pool?

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