Statewide: Calls are growing to require attorneys for minors during police interrogations
Video footage shows a suburban Chicago police officer led a 15-year-old to confess to a shooting he did not commit. That has some Illinois lawmakers pushing for legislation requiring a lawyer for any child during police questioning.
An attorney with the nonprofit Juvenile Justice Initiative said children under interrogation need a lawyer to understand their constitutional rights and the consequences of any statement they might make.
“Children do not have agency,” she said. “Under 18, they’re not even allowed to go on a field trip from school without parental permission.”
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