Illinois Crime Fighting Tool Debated

Dave Dahl, Illinois Capitol Bureau

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – Illinois General Assembly wants to give undercover police one more tool in their arsenal that would help convict drug dealers.

More police would be wearing a wire, under a bill which has been introduced in the state House. The bill, forms of which have failed in the past on civil liberties grounds, allows undercover narcotics cops to secretly record their work without a warrant.

State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) says the idea has been up and down over the past fourteen years, adding negotiations continue over how to reconcile the concern over secret recording.

Officer safety is one benefit supporters tout, as another officer out of sight could monitor whether the situation is getting out of control.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network

  • Donald

    Why don’t they just break into people’s houses and shoot them! Oh wait! They already do that! Cops need to be reined in and some form of drug legalization needs to occur. Why would anyone in the Us buy cartel drugs if they were available here? These cops are just trying to cash in on the Federal grants they get for big amounts of bust numbers. Legal ones or not. They need to dig sewers two days a week because before long, that’s what they are gonna be doing for a living.

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