The good news is that Chicago police appear to have backed off from using wiretapping charges to arrest people who record them, even though the Draconian Illinois law still exists.
The bad news is that they are still forbidding people from recording them.
Even worse, they are allowing white people to get off with a warning while arresting and beating black people.
At least according to a lawsuit filed by Tyrone Gillett, a black man who claims a cop beat him up, took his camera and jailed him on a charge of resisting arrest.
Yep, apparently Florida is not the only state where you can be charged with a single count of resisting arrest without another underlying charge.
According to Courthouse News:
His attorney Hamilton told Courthouse News: “You see the same police officer walk up to a white guy filming on a cell phone – the same officer – approach the guy and say, ‘Put the video down.’ The white guy actually has a video camera. The officer gives him the thumbs up and walks away.
“My client got this on film. Thirty seconds later, my client takes the white guy’s place, and the cop basically tackles him, swears at him, etc. And of course, my client is black. It’s a very clear example of how the police treat people completely differently because of the way they look.”
In his complaint, Gillett says he “was brought back to the police station, where defendant officers charged plaintiff with resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor for which he faced a possible one-year jail sentence.
“Plaintiff, who has no criminal history, spent most of the night in jail, before he was finally given an I-bond.
Meanwhile, a state bill that was introduced by Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook cleared a house committee last week, inching it closer to being implemented.
There is also a pending lawsuit that is challenging the Constitutionality of the law.
Even Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has spoken out against the law.
But the police union, of course, is claiming passing such a law would make their jobs harder.
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police warned the bill could scare witnesses who fear their conversations at a crime scene would be monitored by organized crime.