Legislation would set standards for police body cameras

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Recent police-caused deaths and ongoing concerns about racial sensitivity are behind a set of police reform bills sponsored by Illinois Democrats.

The bills include creating standards for the use of police body cameras and chokeholds as well as cultural sensitivity training.

They come as a response to long-standing racial differences that resurfaced last year after Michael Brown and Eric Garner were killed by police.

Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus are sponsoring almost all of the pieces of legislation.

Illinois is among at least a dozen states in which legislation is being filed to address body cameras, policing tactics, racial injustice and civil unrest.

It isn’t known how much support the measures will receive in the full Legislature.