Illinois lawmakers are considering requiring recording police interrogations of individuals suspected of a variety of felonies, as well as requiring the recording of lineups and the use of a “blind” administrator at lineups. State Rep. Scott Drury (D- Highwood) says recordings will help prevent citizens from being wrongly accused, as well as the police.
“If you assume, and I do, that everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing, this will make the justice system more efficient. A lot of times police are falsely accused of beating people up or pressuring people, and courts who have the video look at the video and say that just didn’t happen,” Drury said.
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The Chicago police are against both bills, saying the procedures will be hard to implement and don’t put victims first. “Being forced to use a blind administrator, there is a genuine concern about disrupting the relationship that is often felt between our detectives and a witness, particularly at the pivotal moment when a victim of a sex offense or a hate crime faces their assailant,” Chicago Police Cmdr. Joe Salemme testified before the Illinois House Restorative Justice Committee.
H.B. 2945 requires interrogations in a detention facility be recorded, if the crime in question is one of nine felonies.
H.B. 2960 requires recordings of live line-ups, unless a witness doesn’t want to be recorded. If it can’t be video recorded, it will be audio recorded. Also, the person conducting the lineup cannot know who the suspect in the lineup is.