Thank Governor Pritzker For Supporting Police Accountability and Criminal Justice Reform
When an officer seriously violates someone’s constitutional rights – including George Floyd and countless others – they must be held accountable. Over the past several months, we have worked with members of the Illinois Black Caucus and other legislators and advocates on language for a bill that moves police reform and criminal justice reform forward in Illinois.
- Ends the unnecessary requirement that someone sign a sworn affidavit – risking prosecution – simply to make a complaint against a police officer. This requirement is put in place for the purpose of dissuading complaints from being filed in the first instance.
- Creates a duty to intervene when officers see another police officer using unauthorized force and requires police to provide aid to someone that is injured by unauthorized force.
- Establishes a new law enforcement misconduct offense that would hold officers accountable when they fail to comply with body camera laws.
- Prohibits the use of force by police as punishment or retaliation and limits use of force during protest and crowd control.
- Abolishes the cash bail system in Illinois – ending the practice of holding someone in pre-trial detention simply because they are unable to pay bail.