The NAACP and Illinois chiefs agree on this one

It’s nice when responsible people have reasonable dialogues. That’s what happened this spring when Illinois police chiefs had a good conversation with Illinois NAACP President George Mitchell. Out of that, body cameras for police became a top mutual priority, and we’re pleased to see that issue advancing in the Illinois legislature this week.

Not only that, but the presidents of the two organizations said today it’s significant that the two of them are issuing a joint statement about this topic. Read their statement here.

And then you might feel more hopeful about the future of people in Illinois working together to make our communities safer.

Providing safety for Craigslist exchanges

This month’s tragic death of an SIU-E student trying to sell his car via Craigslist is chilling. A growing number of Illinois police departments is providing safer places for these exchanges, so the Illinois chiefs’ association documented this along with a list of best practices for citizens to make such exchanges much safer. Contact your local police department for more information.

A really bad idea

You want to make it more difficult for police to talk to people? Want to make it more difficult for citizens to talk to police?

Then look at HR405 in the Illinois House of Representatives. It would require police to provide civilians with a “receipt” every time they stop and talk to somebody.

The trend now is to encourage more community policing and friendly police encounters, which is exactly what police want to do. The resolution going to a House committee today would make more citizens run the other way if they see a friendly officer approach them. Too much hassle. Plus, some people want to tell an officer something in confidence — and quickly.

If you’re for this resolution, you’re against community policing.