Progress Illinois published an article on the recent hearing before a joint Judiciary Committee on the use of police body cameras in Illinois. Last month, the ACLU of Illinois released guidelines for their potential use in Illinois. The police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, MO sparked a national conversation about body cameras as a way to increase transparency in police conduct. At the hearing, ACLU of Illinois legal director Harvey Grossman testified:
In remarks before his testimony, Harvey Grossman, legal director for the ACLU of Illinois, said the civil liberties group believes that officers wearing body cams should give civilians notice before recording, and "all of the interactions between law enforcement and the public should be recorded."
Allowing officer discretion to activate and deactivate the camera would "inevitably open up the spigot to misuse of the camera," Grossman said, adding that, "We think it's more important to control the release of the information to the public."