The American Civil Liberties Union today sued Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez in Chicago challenging the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which criminalizes the recording of public conversations with police, reports the Chicago Tribune. The recordings in this case were created without the consent of the officer and occurred in public places when officers were performing public duties, said the lawsuit.
The ACLU wants to end prosecution for recording public conversations with police because the organization believes it is a violation of the First Amendment. The ACLU says the law has been used to thwart people who want to monitor police activity for misconduct. The civil-liberties group says it wants to monitor police using recording devices, but it fears Alvarez’s office will prosecute for violating the eavesdropping act.