Police and prosecutors dismayed over reform
A bill aimed at reforming police practices in Illinois was proposed last week, with little time to debate prior to the end of the legislative session Wednesday, January 13, and it caused a great deal of dismay among police and prosecutors.
A bill containing several different items, which was made as a 611-page amendment to a prescription drug bill in the House of Representatives, would reform many police practices, including revamping use-of-force policies, mandating body cameras and ending cash bail.
It also removes the ability of law enforcement unions to collectively bargain with employers on any issue other than wages and benefits, and eliminates qualified immunity, opening police officers up to personal liability for lawsuits for violating the constitutional rights of someone.
Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker said he understands the call for police reform, but he objects to the rushed manner in which this bill was proposed and the bill’s contents.
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