Rep. Bailey Opposed to “Radical Police Reforms” Proposed in the Legislature

State Rep. Darren Bailey announced today that he opposes the police reforms filed in the General Assembly this week. Senate Amendment 2 to House Bill 163 is a 611-page document that eliminates law enforcement as we know it in Illinois. If it becomes law it will impact victim services, criminal proceedings and the protections of every law enforcement officer in the State, regardless of employment as a peace officer, deputy, trooper, university police officer, corrections officer, court security officer or other law enforcement.

“This how the games are played in Springfield to push through radical policies to appease special interests at the expense of public safety and common-sense,” declared Rep. Bailey. “I am in agreement with the Illinois Sheriffs Association in opposing this massive proposal to our law enforcement system.”

The current proposal eliminates all protections from law enforcement officers.  It eliminates officer’s ability to pursue their job without civil liability, it eliminates the ability of officers to pursue collective bargaining agreements, it invalidates the constitutionally protected due process of officers and it substantially increases the costs for employers of law enforcement officers. The changes pointed out by the Illinois Sheriffs Association would include:

  • Eliminates Qualified Immunity for police officers, making them civilly liable to siren chasing trial lawyers
  • Allows officers to be punished or fired based on anonymous and unsubstantiated or unverifiable complaints-no sworn affidavits
  • Mandates that those unsubstantiated and unverified complaints be kept to be used against officers forever, with no destruction and no limits on how they can be utilized to inflict harm on officers
  • Mandates the use of body cameras by all departments for every officer with no money to pay for the cost of those cameras and 20 cut in LGDF funding if you don’t
  • Requires a statewide ‘use of force’ policy
  • Defunds any department that does not comply 100% with the draconian requirements of the legislation
  • Eliminates funding for law enforcement agencies
  • Requires reporting to National use of force registry
  • No more suspending driver’s license for traffic violations
  • COMPLETE ban on chokeholds and anything above the shoulders regardless of threat of serious bodily injury or death
  • Prohibits use of force in almost all situations, and makes officers criminally liable for virtually any use of force
  • Removes prohibitions against obstructing police officers
  • Requires duty to intervene
  • Eliminates felony murder
  • Requires ‘In custody’ death reporting to the Attorney General
  • Eliminates prison gerrymandering
  • Eliminates Officer’s rights to Collectively Bargain, creating a “special class” of public employee who does not have these rights in Illinois
  • Eliminates impartial arbitration over burdensome residency requirements
  • Allows for unrestricted and ungoverned disciplinary policies of law enforcement officers
  • Prohibits departments from taking advantage of cost saving federal surplus programs or allowing the purchase of certain “militaristic” equipment
  • Creates a co-responder model for social workers with corresponding grant funding from ICJIA
  • Substantially increases both initial and ongoing education requirements with no money to pay for the increased costs and no assurances that the courses will even be offered
  • Significantly increases the training requirements for those going through the academy and those that are already certified-provides NO money to do this
  • Eliminates Cash Bail
  • Enacts multiple benefits for felons-including access to victims compensation
  • Institutes 3 phone call bill
  • Changes parameters for getting a warrant and requires a plan for certain situations
  • No custodial arrests for Category b or c offenses-citation only
  • Changes standard for conditions that have to be met to not allow for pretrial release
  • Eliminates charges for habitual criminals
  • Charges officers with Official Misconduct, a class 3 felony, for banal and incidental issues

“The fight over this bill is a fight to save law enforcement in Illinois. I am not opposed to reforming some things with law enforcement or reforms to ethics, pensions, and budgeting in Illinois. Our state needs a lot of reforms to get us back on track to create the safest most prosperous place to live in America,” added Rep. Bailey. “But this current proposal that would go into effect immediately is not the answer and will not make our families or communities safer.”