Illinois governor signs police guidelines for body cameras

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making Illinois among the first states to establish a comprehensive plan addressing police procedures including body cameras.

The proposal that Rauner signed into law on Wednesday establishes reporting requirements for police who make stops or arrests and guidelines for training, like about racial bias. It also largely prohibits excessive force like choke holds.

Dozens of states have passed measures in the wake of last year's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Three states passed comprehensive plans: Illinois, Colorado and Connecticut.

Supporters call the measure a model for other states.

Rauner signed the bill privately. In a statement he says it helps strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the public.


The legislation is SB1304.