Peters’ measure limiting law enforcement intimidation clears Senate
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has approved a measure sponsored by State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) to limit the ability of law enforcement to use intimidation tactics.
“Public safety belongs to the people, and as such anyone who wishes should be able to participate in public hearings without fear of repercussions,” said Peters.
Under House Bill 1765, law enforcement agencies would be prohibited from conducting a background check on a person if the only reason to do so is for them to attend a public and open meeting. . The proposal allows for certain exceptions, for example where public safety is potentially threatened or in cases where the individual in question is being considered for appointment to a government agency.
“Law enforcement has used shady background checks as a bullying tactic to deter people from speaking openly at police council meetings,” Peters said. “We cannot gain real security and justice in our communities if we keep methods in place that prevent people from sharing their thoughts.”
The Senate approved the measure on Saturday. Since it was amended in the Senate, it must be sent back to the House of Representatives for approval.