A law that makes felons of people who record police officers working in public is one step away from repeal. To the average citizen, recording in public may seem like a basic right, says State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook). Instead, it could lead to 15 years behind bars. Three courts have ruled the law unconstitutional, and Nekritz says lawmakers should realize the situation and invalidate the law.
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“So now we have three Illinois courts telling us ‘Illinois General Assembly, your statute is unconstitutional, you need to make changes,’” Nekritz says. A previous version of the repeal proposal was shot down by lawmakers. This one adds a provision that would punish those who alter the recordings and then enter them as evidence in court. If the House concurs with changes it will go to the governor.