Body camera use concerns Illinois police officers

Body camera use concerns Illinois police officers

CHICAGO (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Illinois are asking lawmakers to come up with a state law governing the use of body cameras.

Various police and law enforcement union representatives testified Friday at an Illinois House Judiciary Committee hearing in Chicago.

They said they want to make sure privacy and cost issues are addressed before police start using the cameras.

The president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Fred Hayes, says police are worried they will start using the cameras and then be confronted with legislation forcing them to scale back or abandon their use.

Lawmakers held the hearing to discuss how a proposed eavesdropping law would affect police use of body cameras.

The Illinois Supreme Court in March struck down the state's eavesdropping law, saying it is too broad.

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