The Springfield branch of the FBI said a video it is producing about interacting with police during a traffic stop will not be one-sided.
Springfield FBI Chief Division Counsel Craig King said that as an organization that investigates accusations of civil rights violations, it had the idea of producing the video even before a law was approved requiring traffic-stop lessons in high school driver’s ed.
Ed Yohnka from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois hopes the film isn’t one-sided and clearly demonstrates drivers’ rights.
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“These stops really become a predicate for all kinds of other investigatory actions and activities, and that’s not something an individual has to cooperate or be a party to.”
King said the film won’t be one-sided.
“If you read the Illinois law, it doesn’t really talk about educating students about their rights, but we wanted to ensure that the video did that.”
Taxpayers are getting a bargain on the video.
King said the office didn’t have the technical capabilities to make a film, so it reached out to the Central Illinois Film Commission.
“They provided largely in-kind contributions for the production of the film,” King said.
Commission member Dean Williams said the FBI got quite a deal at “less than $2,000 for gasoline, tape, rope, camera rental, and so on and so forth. This should have been a $40,000 shoot.”
Williams said a local grocer even donated lunches.
The film is being edited by the FBI and King expects the production to be distributed to school officials around the state later this year.
The law requiring young Illinois drivers get lessons on interacting with police during high school driver’s ed takes effect Jan. 1.