St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Fri April 4, 2003

Illinois Senate Approves Plan to Tape Interrogations

Springfield, Ill. – After years of negotiations, the Illinois Senate has approved a plan to require law enforcement to use video or audio tape when questioning murder suspects at a police station.

Authorities would have some leeway when talking with suspects in the field. Bill sponsor Sen. Barack Obama, D-Chicago, says it will not impede criminal investigations.

The measure now heads to the Illinois House. Former Governor George Ryan freed four men from death row last year who were allegedly beaten by police into making confessions.