MT. VERNON – A member of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association Legislative Committee said Friday Illinois lawmakers will discuss a new bill that would result in major implications for the future of law enforcement and communities they serve in Illinois.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Bullard said the bill, House Bill 163, allows officers to be punished or fired based on anonymous, unsubstantiated or unverifiable complaints, “essentially eliminating due process for law enforcement.”
He added it also eliminates cash bail, which could have implications on the safety of a community when an offender is allowed to leave custody.
The 611 page bill would – according to the Illinois Sheriff’s Association – “eliminate law enforcement as we know it from every community in the state” to “invalidate constitutionally protected due process of officers”.
The Illinois Sheriff’s Association and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police have both opposed the bill, which was introduced Tuesday and will be taken up in committee Saturday.