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Supreme Court strikes down Illinois law against filming cops

If you are familiar with Chicago neighborhoods, you will notice that surveillance cameras are sitting high above almost every intersection. These are the innovative and sophisticated equipment that have the capability of zooming close enough to note what soft drink or not-so-soft drink a driver or pedestrian is drinking.

Some work so intricately that it can even read a newspaper half- of –a- 100-yards away. Do you know that the auditory capability of the cameras can catch conversations going on the street, inside vehicles, even on your porch or stoop? They are immediately alerted to the direction of the sound of gunfire; they zoom in, film and photograph the man or woman holding the gun.

A few years ago, these cameras were installed for the purpose of monitoring traffic at busy or problematic street corners. But they have developed so much that they are capable of making a genuine Big brother operation.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, an Illinois prosecutor’s appeal to enforce a law which would ban ordinary citizens from recording police officers doing their jobs has been rejected by the US Supreme Court. Although a lower federal court in Illinois found out that anti-eavesdropping law is a violation of free speech rights because it was being utilized by police and prosecutors against people who are recording law enforcement officers. Violating the law is serious as it carried a 15-year prison term.

In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also filed suit against Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to cease the prosecution of ACLU staffers for taping cops in public spaces. The filming of police action has been done by the ACLU all over the country, usually with police departments’ knowledge and the individual cops being filmed. And so it became a great concern for the ACLU when Illinois cops objected and got a law passed outlawing this type of filming.

When Harvey Grossman, legal director of the Illinois ACLU, learn of the Supreme Court’s decision, he was pleased that the ACLU of Illinois has the freedom to make the rights of free expression and petition effective. It is essential for the law to allow individuals and organizations to freely gather and record information regarding the conduct of government and their agents—especially the police.

He was thankful that the advent and widespread accessibility of new technologies make the recording and dissemination of pictures and sound inexpensive, efficient and easy to accomplish.

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