SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is highlighting a new law that will protect people from having their personal property unfairly seized by law enforcement during pullovers and security checks.

“Many residents in my community have lost trust in law enforcement after their personal property was taken under false pretenses while being pulled over,” Harper said. “The role of law enforcement is to maintain public safety, and, by prohibiting police officers from abusing their power, this legislation will act as just one more way to help restore trust between local police and the communities they protect and serve.”

Harper supported House Bill 303, which requires law enforcement to prove why the seizure of someone’s property was just. Prior to the law’s enactment, an individual had to prove why law enforcement’s seizure of their property was wrong. The law also requires every police department throughout Illinois to create a public database for citizens to check the assets that have been taken.

Harper’s measure was backed by the ACLU of Illinois, Illinois State’s Attorneys Association, Illinois State Police, Illinois Sheriff’s Association and the Illinois Chiefs of Police.

“People should not have to fear losing their belongings if they are pulled over,” said Harper. “I am glad we were able to pass this common sense measure so that residents in underserved communities are not mistreated by law enforcement.”

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