Lawmakers Would Prohibit 911 Dispatchers from Tipping Off Criminals

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – 911 dispatchers in Illinois would be banned from tipping off criminals that the police are coming under a bill that’s passed the state Senate.

The bill’s sponsor, Peoria Democrat Dave Koehler, says the legislation is necessary because of a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that said that nothing in Illinois law makes it illegal for a dispatcher to alert a drug dealer that police are in the area.

The ruling came in the 1998 case of a Chicago area dispatcher, who tipped off a drug dealer that police were near his home. The dispatcher was convicted of official misconduct, but won on an appeal.

Koehler, says the people of Illinois, “need to be able to trust the entire law enforcement system.”

The bill now goes to the House.

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