Senate passes bill to change police lineups

SHARE Senate passes bill to change police lineups
SHARE Senate passes bill to change police lineups

The Illinois Senate passed legislation Friday to restructure police lineups to reduce the chance of false witness identifications.

The bill would require so-called blind lineups in which an independent adminstrator conducting the lineup does not know the identity of the suspect or which photo a witness is looking at. The intent is to prevent police from consciously or unconsciously steering witnesses toward choosing a particular suspect.

The bill also calls for videotaping the identification process if the witness agrees.

Many police lineups now are conducted using photos rather than a conventional physical lineup of individuals.

The measure already has cleared the House, but because the Senate tweaked it to give a break to very small police departments who might not be able to afford to make the change, it now returns to the House.

The Latest
Two men were found fatally shot minutes apart on the West and South sides.
The woman was discovered about 4:35 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Melrose Street and pronounced dead at the scene, Chicago police said.
Busy with his own family and career, man distances himself from siblings with alcoholism and personality disorder, but feels guilty about it.
Black Cook County residents are four times as likely to have difficulty saving money or paying their bills as compared to whites; Latinos are three times as likely.
Illinois law bars insurers from charging out-of-network rates for neonatal care at in-network hospitals. But that didn’t keep it from happening to Brenna Kearney and her husband Casey Trumble. Only a reporter’s questions got things fixed.