The change also affects the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Marshals Service.
This move goes beyond Obama's promise, which had only said that the federal government would encourage states to adopt such policies.
The first incremental expansion of felonies that must be recorded will happen next June. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, led the effort in the Senate to expand recording. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez voiced concern about the financial and logistical implications of the law for large agencies such as the Chicago Police Department.
But she said she supported the measure, calling a recorded interrogation "an awesome piece of evidence."Chicago police spokesman Adam Collins said Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Garry Mc Carthy support expanding recording.
But Collins expressed uncertainty about the resources needed to implement a law that comes with no funding attached."(Chicago police officials) would hope that the supporters of this important legislation will work with us to secure any needed resources to ensure the expansion is a success," he wrote in an email.
A decade ago, Illinois was the first state to pass a law requiring recorded homicide interrogations, a fix enacted as the state dealt with faulty death penalty cases.
“It is not because a police officer is more dishonest than the rest of us that we…demand an objective recordation of the critical events.
Rather, it is because we are entitled to assume he is no less human – no less inclined to reconstruct and interpret past events in a light most favorable to himself – that we should not permit him to be a ‘judge of his own cause.’” (Quoting Y.
Turning the recorder on a few minutes earlier entails minimal cost and effort.
Laws similar to one Obama spearheaded in Illinois as a state senator spread to a number of states during his first few years as president.
By December 2013, had created such laws—some of which require recording in nearly all serious crimes, not just capital ones.
Will encourage states to adopt a law similar to one he shepherded through the Illinois legislature, "requiring videotaping of interrogations and confessions in capital cases to ensure that prosecutions are fair." Last year, we gave President Barack Obama a Promise Kept for encouraging states to establish policies requiring law enforcement officers to videotape interrogations and confessions in capital cases.
Now, the administration has exceeded its original goals, with some federal agencies now taking on recording policies -- even beyond capital cases.
avoid prosecution through technicalities.” however, mandatory recording may harm the very people it seeks to help and create unintended consequences for others. ]]