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Wallace Passes Bill to Create Independent Investigations in Cases of Officer-Involved Sexual Assault

04/28/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, passed legislation Thursday that will require independent investigations for cases involving law enforcement officials who are accused of sexual assault.

“It’s important that thorough, independent investigations are performed so that bias does not get in the way of uncovering the truth,” Wallace said. “This measure will help increase transparency and assist in building trust between officers and their communities.”

Under Wallace’s House Bill 270, when an allegation of sexual assault against a police officer who was on duty is brought forward, the law enforcement agency that employs the officer will not perform the investigation. Instead, a separate law enforcement authority will be called upon to look at the case. Additionally, police departments will be required to adopt a written policy regarding officer-involved investigations of sexual assault.

Wallace’s bill was supported by the Illinois Police Association, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

“It is often difficult for survivors of sexual assault to bring their story forward, especially if their case involves a police officer,” Wallace said. “I encourage the Senate and the governor to work toward passing and signing this legislation into law, so that we can protect individuals across our state.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at litesa@staterepwallace.com.


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