- Published: 05 August 2016
This morning, with the release of the newest video of an young black male suspect being gunned down at the hands of a Chicago police officer, I cannot help but wonder when will it stop.
Time and time again, we see law enforcement overstep their boundaries and take the role of the judge, jury and executioner when other steps can be taken to deescalate a non life threatening situations.
Earlier this year, I introduced Senate Bill 2207, ensuring every Chicago Police officer would be required to wear body cameras. Instances like this only prove that we need to have an accurate account of police encounters, so law enforcement can be protected from false claims and citizens can be protected from rogue officers.
I plan to make a strong push to advance this legislation during veto session, with the additions of a key measure. This measure would be aimed at holding police officers who turn their video device(s) off during suspect pursuit more accountable by seeking disciplinary action.