Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation establishing guidelines for the use of body cameras by police in Illinois.
Senate Bill 1304 makes Illinois the first state in the U.S. to pass legislation that includes procedures for police departments that use body cameras.
The new law also establishes reporting requirements for stops and arrests, crisis intervention and racial sensitivity training, and prohibits the use of excessive force like choke holds.
In a press release, Governor Rauner says:
As a society, we must ensure the safety of both the public and law enforcement. SB1304 establishes new and important guidelines and training for police departments and their officers, while protecting the public by prohibiting officers from using excessive force. (The bill) will have a lasting and positive impact on the people of Illinois.