A law that prohibits Illinoisans from recording an on-duty police officer is unconstitutional. A federal judge delivered the ruling Tuesday and says the state can no longer enforce the law. The court says it violates a person's constitutional right to free speech. The law said anyone in Illinois convicted of either video or audio recording a police officer could face up to 15 years behind bars.
The state legislature has taken steps to change the law but is getting resistance from law enforcement agencies across the state. They say it could become a distraction during arrest if people are recording. They also don't like the idea that they can be recorded without their consent. Supporters of the proposal say public officials should never expect privacy when they are on the clock.