And you wonder why criminals are thriving in Chicago. How could they not be?
The politicians are not only firmly in their corner, they’re prepared to throw police officers in prison for not treating them like hotel guests when they’re arrested:
Cook County officials are pushing legislation that would require police to allow arrestees three completed phone calls within an hour of their detention.
Failure by police to provide the phone calls would be considered “official misconduct” — a class three felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, County Public Defender Amy Campanelli and others unveiled the proposed legislation at a press conference Tuesday.
“If a person is hospitalized, among the first steps taken is to notify the emergency contact,” Preckwinkle said. “An arrest is no less disruptive to a person’s life.”
State Rep. Theresa Mah said she was sponsoring the bill, along with Rep. Justin Slaughter. As of late Tuesday afternoon, no bill had been posted to the Illinois General Assembly website. Jordan Abudayyeh, spokeswoman for Gov. JB Pritzker, said “the governor looks forward to reviewing the legislation.”
I suppose it’s true in some cases that being arrested is equally disruptive to your life as hospitalization, but there might be a slight difference between the two:
When you get arrested, it’s precisely because you present a danger to the rest of society and the police are doing their jobs by limiting your ability to walk around doing what you do. When you’re hospitalized it’s because you’re sick or injured and the priority is to make sure you don’t get worse or die.
When you’re thrown in jail, the priority is to make sure you don’t cause someone else to die (or get ripped off, or assaulted, or raped, or addicted, etc.).
And why on Earth would a person who’s been arrested need to make three phone calls? Your lawyer . . . that’s one. If you have a spouse, the lawyer can call him or her. Or the spouse can call the lawyer.
The whole purpose of putting someone in jail is to keep them under control at a time when they’re predisposed to commit crimes. Giving them unlimited phone privileges is the same thing as telling them to give instructions to their crew to keep the crime spree going until they get out.
And when a police officer doesn’t provide for this right to be fulfilled, it’s a felony?Punishable by prison time?
Seems to me Chicago police have enough problems without politicians threatening to throw them in prison for doing too good a job restraining the malevolence of criminals. But it’s been clear to us for some time now that the Democratic Party is the pro-criminal, anti-police party, so I guess they might as well make it official by promoting garbage like this.
If you’ve had a lifelong dream of being a police officer, good. We need more people like you.
I highly recommend you don’t do it in Illinois. You might end up doing five years in the clink yourself for putting the safety of the public ahead of the rights of criminals who are loved by the politicians of this awful state.