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finish cash bail in illinois Fox News political analyst Giano Caldwell argues that is setting the state on the path of a horror movie.
As Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, continues to face a wave of crime, the state is preparing to implement the 2021 Safe-Tea Act starting January 1, 2023.
As a result of the bill’s elimination of cash bail, Caldwell said in a New York Post op-ed that one of America’s most violent cities would begin to function like the fictional cities in “The Purge” film series, in which civilians One is given. One night in a year when they are allowed to commit any crime without any repercussions.
Caldwell’s younger brother Christian was shot and killed in Chicago earlier this year. He was 18 years old.
In July, Cook County Crime Stoppers offered a reward of $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in Christian’s murder.
Christian was out with friends on June 24 when he was shot. Two other victims, a 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, were also shot and injured in the same shootout. Christian did not know the other victims.
Nearly three months later, the police still haven’t identified any suspects in Christian’s murder.
“It’s been a hell of two months,” Caldwell told Fox News Digital on the two-month anniversary of Christian’s death. “As I think about it and reflect, I’m about to burst into tears. I still can’t believe my little brother was murdered. I think about him every day. I love the family.” I get calls from members of the U.K. asking me to cry… on a regular basis.”
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However Caldwell is concerned about much more than just eliminating cash bail for violent offenders.
“To make matters worse, offenders released on electronic surveillance devices must violate their parole for 48 hours before it will be considered a crime,” he wrote. “In the largest county in the state — Cook County, which includes Chicago — at any given time, more than 3,000 people are wearing ankle monitors. This includes approx. 100 who have been charged with murder.”
Local law enforcement officials are also concerned about the law.
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Officials in Orland Park, Illinois, a village about an hour outside of Chicago, adopted a resolution this month calling for state legislators to work to fix problems in the Safe-Tea Act, including “arresting includes unreasonably limiting the discretion of a police officer. … enforcing unfair policing. certification and dissection standards… and infringing victims’ rights set forth in Illinois law.”
Illinois JB Pritzker is running for re-election in November and Republicans are using the SAFE-T Act as evidence that there is a one-term governor soft on offense,
“The blood of every innocent victim will be in the hands of the Illinois authorities responsible for this law, unless they are reversed before January 1st,” Caldwell wrote. “The people most at risk are the very black and brown people they claim to support. But they will be the first victims of criminals when they go free.”
Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report