State Representative David Allen Welter (R-Morris) issued the following statement today in opposition to a newly proposed package of legislation expected to be considered during the lame duck legislative session that if enacted could have a devastating impact on public safety throughout Illinois:
“I stand 100% with our men and women in law enforcement against this dangerous legislation that would make our communities less safe. The proposed package includes unfunded mandates on police departments, threatens a 20% cut in funding for public safety budgets, allows officers to be punished or fired based on anonymous and unsubstantiated or unverifiable complaints, and makes a variety of other changes that would make it more difficult for officers to arrest dangerous offenders and keep them in custody. Legislation of this magnitude requires appropriate time for public input and thorough debate; not being rushed through during a five-day period as the bill’s supporters are attempting to do.
Let’s have a serious discussion about police reform and how to improve our criminal justice system; but let’s give the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect us a seat at the table in those conversations and work together to come up with better solutions than this reckless package of anti-police legislation.”
Representative Welter represents the 75th District, which includes portions of Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties.