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House OKs bill to allow recording police

Updated: July 2, 2012 9:43AM



The Illinois House approved a measure Tuesday that would allow people to make audio recordings of police officers after a weekend of NATO Summit protests in Chicago that brought the issue into focus.

The bill was passed 71-45. A previous attempt to decriminalize audio recordings of police failed in March.

The measure heads back to the Senate, where it needs 30 votes to pass.

Rep. Dena Carli (D-Chi­cago), a former police sergeant, opposed the bill because of the risks involved in getting close enough to record on-duty police officers.

Rep. Chapin Rose (R-Ma­homet), a former prosecutor, backed the measure and cited the impracticality of prosecuting people who, for instance, record officers with cellphones during a protest.

Andrew Maloney



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