99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2015 and 2016
Introduced , by Rep. Christian L. Mitchell
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Investigation and Review of Deaths Involving Officers Act.
Requires law enforcement agencies to have a written policy regarding the
investigation of officer-involved deaths that involve a law enforcement
officer employed by that agency. Allows law enforcement agencies to conduct
internal investigations into officer-involved deaths, as long as they do
not interfere with other investigations under this Act. Requires release of
investigation reports to the public if no charges are filed against the
officer. Provides for compensation through intergovernmental or
interagency agreements for participation in an investigation of an
officer-involved death. Defines "law enforcement agency", "law enforcement
officer", and "officer-involved death".
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning officer-involved deaths.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Investigation and Review of Deaths Involving Officers Act.
"Law enforcement agency" means an agency of this State or
unit of local government which is vested by law or ordinance
with the duty to maintain public order and to enforce criminal
laws or ordinances.
"Law enforcement officer" or "officer" means any person
employed by this State, or by a county, municipality, or
township of this State, as a policeman, peace officer, or in
some like position involving the enforcement of the law and
protection of the public interest at the risk of that person's
"Officer-involved death" means any death of an individual
that results directly from an action or an omission of a law
enforcement officer while the officer is on duty or while the
officer is off duty, but performing activities that are within
the scope of his or her law enforcement duties.