Chesney files bill to protect law enforcement in wake of “punish the police” law

State Representative Andrew Chesney reacted to Governor JB Pritzker’s signing the “punish the police” bill — House Bill 3653 — into law today:

“Governor JB Pritzker endangered all Illinois residents from Galena to Chicago to Cairo today,” said Chesney.

The “punish the police” bill signed by Governor Pritzker means the end of cash bail in Illinois and the introduction of new “police accountability” protocols. House Bill 3653, authored by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, was passed during the lame-duck session of the 101st General Assembly in January and was signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker on Monday, February 22nd.

“I don’t believe a side-arm and a bullet-proof vest is enough to keep law enforcement safe in light of this legislation becoming law. Law enforcement now continues the slide into one of the most dangerous professions in Illinois. Considering this, I filed legislation to enhance penalties for those who target our law enforcement for crimes,” Chesney continued.

Chesney filed House Bill 3715 to enhance penalties on those who commit crimes against active or retired law enforcement officers, regardless of their motivating factor for committing the crime. Crimes covered under Chesney’s proposed bill for enhancement to “hate crimes” include: assault, battery, aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, criminal trespass to residence, misdemeanor criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to vehicle, criminal trespass to real property, mob action, disorderly conduct, harassment by telephone, or harassment through electronic communications.

“We saw special legislation signed into law today to protect criminals. Now that Governor Pritzker has put a target on the back of law enforcement, we need to pass special legislation to protect those who protect law-abiding citizens,” Chesney concluded.