News brief: by Mary C. Piemonte
In an attempt to restore the broken trust of communities of color against police officers in the state of Illinois, Rep. Elgie R. Sims Jr (D-Chicago) recently spear-headed some legislation that will update policing regulations to avoid more tragedies.
This enactment came in wake of recent incidents involving actions by police officers against Black men across the nation, which resulted in many deaths of both.
Senate Bill 1304 “includes guidance and resources for police departments wishing to use body cameras, independent review of offer involved deaths and continuing education requirements for police,” according to his May 31, 2015, press release.
Over the past sever months, Sims led “extensive negotiations” between Republican and Democratic legislators, community groups and law enforcement to pass the Senate Bill 1304.
“I want to thank the community activists, the law enforcement community and my colleagues from both sides of the aisle that each came to the table in good faith to install meaningful, proactive reform that we hope will prevent the tragedies that have been in the news lately,” Sims said.
“This bill is a great step in the right direction, but I’ll continue to look for ways to improve the relationships between the community and police and protect every member of our communities.”
Senate Bill 1304 passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly “with bipartisan support” and currently awaits Governor Bruce Rauner’s signature of approval.