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Action to Turn Violence Against Police into Sponsored Hate Crimes in Illinois Statehouse

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SPRINGFIELD, Illustration – Police officers around the country are facing an uptick in acts of violence against them, and the issue is now being brought to the attention of Illinois lawmakers.

Concerned that violence against police officers was on the rise, state legislators enacted legislation to strengthen penalties for assaulting and harassing officers. The Police Protection Act would make “targeting officers” a Level 3 felony.

The Police Hate Crimes Bill makes any offense in which an individual attacks or stalks an officer a hate crime.

Recent FBI statistics reveal that more than 60,000 law enforcement officers were injured in the line of duty across the country last year.

Representative Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines), sponsor of the action, points to the July 2020 violence in Grant Park when there were at least 1,000 people overflowing with statues of Christopher Columbus in an attempt to overthrow it, as the law is necessary.

“No more respect for police officers,” Moylan said. “Those people are not protesters, they are trained anarchists.”

Emphasizing that she hasn’t read the law, Mayor Lightfoot weighed in on Monday.

“We have to make sure we’re sending a very clear message that we’re going to hold people accountable,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “This is probably one of the most difficult times to be a police officer perhaps in the history of the city and perhaps the whole country. I will forever be haunted by what happened at the Statue of Columbus last year and so were the individual police officers who were injured.”

The ACLU Illinois objected to the action.

“It’s an idea that doesn’t solve the problem the proponents actually say they want to solve,” says Ed Yohnka of the ACLU. “You look at studies over the years any time you add an enhanced penalty to a crime, it doesn’t reduce that crime.”

Marty Moylan’s bill also requires $100 million to modernize police departments across Illinois.

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CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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