Police in Illinois may soon be fitted with body cameras, if some state lawmakers have their way. The legislation introduced earlier this year would tack a six-dollar surcharge on all traffic and criminal fines. Money raised would go toward helping police departments purchase squad car and body video cameras to record events.
The newfound interest in moving the bill along comes on the heels of the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) says some departments are already heading in that direction.
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It's estimated the fine increases would raise about four to six million dollars a year. The legislation is expected to be brought up during the fall session that begins November 19.