A league of law enforcement agencies contend a raft of revisions to police practices and policies proposed by lawmakers in Springfield will hinder members’ ability to keep the peace. Even as sponsors from the state’s Legislative Black Caucus say the goal of the reforms is to limit interaction with the legal system among citizens from minority communities. The reforms included in House Bill 163 and a companion measure in the Senate are a prohibition on chokeholds and a mandate that cops statewide be outfitted with bodycams by 2025.
While acknowledging the need for modernization, the Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition claims legislators lack the practical experience to improve the operations of agencies and members. A 15-point plan introduced at year-end is more effective than a reform package they claim legislators are intent on pushing through the lame-duck session that ends at mid-month. An elimination of cash bond and improvements in training are included in the bills, which the caucus began work on following the death of George Floyd during an arrest by Minneapolis police in May 2020. A cop kneeled on Floyd’s neck for almost 10 minutes in the deadly encounter.
The competing packages are indicative of the changes ahead for police practices that the DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorneys at the Chicagoland Law Firm encounter every day at courts in DuPage County, in Cook County and across the state. Our clients trust us to stay abreast of the changing legal landscape and to apply that information in obtaining the best outcomes possible in light of the facts in their case. For a free consultation to learn how we can make the law work for you, contact our offices in Downers Grove and downtown Chicago today. This session can’t be construed as legal advice. Should you retain us, we will represent you zealously.