Woman acquitted of recording Chicago cops

Aug. 25, 2011 at 11:42 PM
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CHICAGO, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Jurors acquitted a woman who used her BlackBerry to record two Chicago police officers secretly, with one saying jurors saw the charges as "a waste of time."

Tiawanda Moore, 20, could have received a 15-year prison sentence if convicted, the Chicago Tribune reported. Under Illinois law, audio recordings are illegal unless everyone involved has consented, and penalties are especially severe if law enforcement officers are involved.

Moore acknowledged making the recording. She said she believed the Internal Affairs officers were trying to convince her to drop a harassment complaint against an officer she said fondled her when he responded to a domestic violence call, the Chicago Sun-Times said.

The jury heard the recording in court.

"The two cops came across as intimidating and insensitive," Ray Adams, 57, a pharmacist, told the Tribune. "Everybody thought it was just a waste of time and that she never should have been charged."

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the Illinois law in federal court.

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