Tell Your State Senator To Oppose Senate Bill 2562

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Senate Bill 2562 allows police across Illinois to use a new, powerful surveillance tool – drones – to monitor protests. In a time when thousands of people are demonstrating to speak out on public policy matters, this measure would subject those exercising their First Amendment right to video monitoring and facial recognition technology.

Senate Bill 2562 unfortunately guts ground-breaking legislation passed and signed into law just three years ago requiring a judicial warrant for the use of drones by police in Illinois.

Tell your State Senator that you oppose police drones at protests.

Message Recipients:
Your State Higher Chamber Representatives

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Your Message
Dear Senator,

As a constituent concerned about free speech and the ability of all persons in Illinois to raise their voice in protest, I write to strongly urge you to oppose Senate Bill 2562 when it is called for a vote on the Senate floor. In a time when thousands of people are demonstrating to resist Trump Administration policies, this measure would allow police across Illinois to use drones to monitor protests. Senate Bill 2562 unfortunately guts ground-breaking legislation passed and signed into law just three years ago requiring a judicial warrant for the use of drones by police in Illinois.

There seems little reason to give police this sweeping, unchecked power with such a powerful surveillance too. Police already have sweeping surveillance tools – including, for the City of Chicago, an integrated public camera system that covers much of the City.

Worse still, Senate Bill 2562 allows drones to be used to make video, audio and still recordings of crowds, and worse, to be equipped with facial recognition technology. These drones could be used during a large scale political rally, and could identify and list people protesting government at the local, the state and the federal level. The sight of drones overhead, collecting information, may deter people from protesting in a time when so many want to exercise their First Amendment rights.

We should be looking for ways to advance free speech, not deter people. I urge you to oppose Senate Bill 2562 when it comes for a vote.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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