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    Question about recording Illinois police

    Hey all!
    I look at some of the threads here and havent found anything.

    I know that there were a few cases in Illinois about people getting arrested for filming officers, and that the courts overturned them. However, here is my question.

    Since those rulings called the law unconstitutional, are we now able to record LEO without fear of charges? I would assume not, but I figured I would ask.,

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    There have been two decisions in favor of recording police. One was a federal district court and the other a Cook County circuit court. Neither ruling is binding on other courts. I hope the state appeals as it would speed up a resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockman View Post
    There have been two decisions in favor of recording police. One was a federal district court and the other a Cook County circuit court. Neither ruling is binding on other courts. I hope the state appeals as it would speed up a resolution.
    Gotcha. Thanks for the information. Thats what I thought was the case, but I wanted to make sure.

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    Recording forum

    Tucker - you'll have to go back to a posting from last September but it contains a link to the actual statute. It is at:
    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...officials-quot

    Enjoy.

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    Good news folks! Now there is a federal court ruling in favor of recording as the law now violates the First Amendment.

    Please go read Her Heckler Kock's posting here:

    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...ing-their-jobs

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    More good news -
    SCOTUS has decline to hear an appeal from a States Atty. over a lower court injuction against enforcement of the "anti-eavesdropping" statute. Read it in the Law Library.


    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...officials-quot

    Keep those cameras & recorders handy!

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    Be careful though, because some parts of Illinois it's going to take a while for the local constabulary to take a hint, expect more lawsuits and incidents before this blows over. not saying it's right. but some people just can't do their homework properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EMNofSeattle View Post
    Be careful though, because some parts of Illinois it's going to take a while for the local constabulary to take a hint, expect more lawsuits and incidents before this blows over. not saying it's right. but some people just can't do their homework properly.
    Of that I have little doubt!
    It's like the "container carry" we have here in Illinois. It's even posted on the State Police website and was decided in "Illinois vs. Diggins" in 2009 but this doesn't mean that one of these hyped up hotheads will have been "trained" in that information, any more than they will have been trained in the injuction against enforcement of the eavesdropping law.

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