Is Surveillance Officer's Testimony About Fellow Police Officer's Reasons to Arrest Admissible ?
In People v. Rivas, 302 Ill. App. 3d 421, 429, 707 N.E.2d 159, 236 Ill. Dec. 314 (1998), the Court held that the trial court did not err by admitting the enforcement officer's testimony that he made the arrest after receiving a radio call from the surveillance officer that the suspect had driven to a location, carried a package into an office, and was driving away. Rivas, 302 Ill. App. 3d at 430-31 (1st Dist.).
In Rivas, the surveillance officer testified at trial, and the statement was needed to explain why the enforcement officer subsequently acted to arrest the suspect. Rivas, 302 Ill. App. 3d at 427, 431.
In Rivas, the Court found no error. Rivas, 302 Ill. App. 3d at 431.
See also Townsend, 275 Ill. App. 3d at 203, 206 (a police radio dispatch about an "armed robbery in progress" was admissible to explain "the reason and manner in which the police conducted their investigation").