Lawmakers Want To Imprison Cops Who Don't Give Suspects 3 Phone Calls In An Hour

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that officers could face prison time under the proposed law.

Chicago, IL – Cook County lawmakers have unveiled proposed legislation that would require law enforcement officers to provide suspects with three phone calls within one hour of their arrest.

Failure to do so could result in police officers being charged with a felony official misconduct offense, punishable by up to five years in prison, WBEZ reported.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said that being arrested is “disruptive to a person’s life,” and that they should quickly be provided with the opportunity to “notify [their] emergency contact,” according to WBEZ.

Under the current law, arrestees must be allowed to contact their attorney “within a reasonable time after arrival at the first place of custody,” Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

According to a survey conducted by the public defender’s office, less than 30 percent of arrestees said that they were given the opportunity to make a phone call before they were questioned by police, Campanelli said.

“The vagueness around what is reasonable should not be left to the interpretation by the police, especially when we know that their interpretation of the law, for decades, has not been reasonable at all,” Campanelli said.

The proposed legislation, sponsored by Chicago Democratic Representatives Theresa Mah and Justin Slaughter, would also require police to post signs alerting suspects to their right to place three calls to a lawyer, family member, or acquaintance.

Preckwinkle said the bill is but a portion of the overall push for criminal justice reform, and that it is intended to gain “compliance from our own Chicago Police Department and police departments in our region,” the Chicago Sun Times reported.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) criticized Preckwinkle and her support of the bill in a press release on Wednesday.

“It is troubling the lengths to which Ms. Preckwinkle will go to fulfill her political aspirations by vilifying the police, and the lengths she will go to avoid addressing the evidence that such vilification is false,” the FOP wrote.

The union referred to the proposed law change as a “virtual advertisement for public defenders and defense attorneys,” and said that threatening police with a five-year prison sentence is “ludicrous.”

“This proposed legislation…would make processing offenders extraordinarily cumbersome and the investigation of crimes even more difficult,” the FOP continued.

“Offenders are advised of their right to remain silent and their right to have an attorney present before they are questioned,” the statement read. “Now officers have to provide them with not only one phone call but three within an hour, and if they don’t they will be charged with a crime?”

The union argued that there is “overwhelming evidence of corruption in the wrongful conviction movement,” and noted that the distrust between police and public officials who share Preckwinkle’s views has contributed to “historic lows” in resolving murder cases.

“With legislation like this, those resolution rates would likely drop even more,” the union said. “We call on the state legislature to reject this bill.”

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JBo
JBo

If the arrestee is in surgery or unconscious/coma...does the officer have to pick three people to call or just head straight to his jail cell?

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

I’d have this thwarted within a week. The first time it happens arrest the officer, but make sure he doesn’t get his phone calls in an hour. Then arrest HIS arresting officer and make sure HE doesn’t get his phone call, and repeat. It’ll overwhelm the system pretty quick if all the cops are arresting each other and a judge has hundreds of new caseloads in front of him.

MSK
MSK

Prickwinkle has got to be a head case. Get her committed.

JimW164
JimW164

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is just another intellectually challenged putz. It's unbelievable how such garbage gets elected.

Jules29
Jules29

Yo this is sooo funny.. no wonder Chicago is all fucked up they have asshole IDIOTS running the show... to all leos in Chicago leave grab your loved ones and just go let that city of Obama burn to the core

rringler53
rringler53

Being arrested is "disruptive to a person's life." ????? Being a victim is disruptive or ending to a life. Periwinkle is pro-criminal. She should be arrested for obstructing justice and interfering in criminal investigations.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The "Chicago Way" in the 21st Century.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This woman and lawmakers are sick in the head! This law us complete bullsh#t! I don't understand the thinking behind this, other then they hate LE! They're going out of their way to make LE jobs harder!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder what she proposes an officer do if the person arrested is drunk off their ass, being combative, and has to be subdued and strapped to a chair? This is another law, by yet another politician who believes a criminal should have more rights than the victim. And a felony and a possible five year jail sentence for not allowing three phone calls in an hour?! Are you kidding me! I seen people get less time for beating someone half to death. This is the most ludicrous law proposal ever.

GSDLUVVA1
GSDLUVVA1

oh, but just let something happen to one of HER family members and i would bet that her tune changes 360°!! right now, apparently NO ONE in her immediate fam has EVER had "any" dealings with PD... never needed been the "victim" of a crime! let someone close to her get murdered, raped or hit by a drunk driver and i would HOPE she would see things a whole lot differently!!

Patriot6
Patriot6

I guess the liberal democratic machine is out to self destruct. Sooner the better.

Tom202959
Tom202959

Just keep voting the Democrats and you will destroy this country I’m not saying the Republicans are much better but the Democrats are worse 😡😡😡😡😡

gclifton111
gclifton111

Significant is the allegation that "less than 30% '"SAID" they had not be allowed, etc.'" The mope's in custody and he's liable to "Say" any number of things.

junkmansj
junkmansj

This is pure dee crap!!!!!!!

JBo
JBo

Put every arrestee in a cell with a phone that can only make outgoing calls (collect) and tell him he's got an hour.

Put the Cook County Board member's phone numbers on a list next to the phone.

militans Deo
militans Deo

Someone please remind me why anyone wants to live let alone work in Chit-cago? Do yourselves a favor and just smile and wave, retire and move.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

In order to be a lawmaker maybe you should have had to been a law enforcer to understand what the hell you are really doing to people with these ridiculous laws.

HH3
HH3

It's simple - never spend one dime in S*itcago! I have family near by in two states and we have stopped going to Chicago for anything. We will go without before we go there.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

What's wrong with letting them have the 3 calls?

DaleAWood
DaleAWood

It will be AMAZING if Shitcogo will have even 1 Police Officer Left to make sure mommy's little boy, girl,transgendered or what ever you want to call yourself can still talk on the phone & throw your little BITCH TANTRUM,after being arrested for MURDER,ROBBERY,all sort of VIOLENT CRIMES. I was once told by a TEXAS RANGER-" Less paper work,just drop 'em in their socks" It is starting to look like it MAY JUST BE THE RIGHT ANSWER !! READ the NEWS -Man attempts to KILL an OFFICER & gets OFF with PROBATION!! Just save the state & court system the HASSLE EVERYBODY needs to NUT UP & say "I AM SICK & TIRED OF THIS SHIT & I'M NOT TAKING ANY MORE YOU FUCKING MORONS SHIT !!"

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DaleAWood
DaleAWood

3 calls within an HOUR - Take it to the SUPREME COURT & GET THE Miranda Rights CHANGED& the 5th Amendment to SELF INCRIMINATION struck down ,then go to the cell & get your 3 minute call just like everybody else, then wait for your next turn at the PHONE, for 3 more minutes. oh did I forget to mention it almost $10 dollars a minute because it is a "COLLECT CALL"

CRESCENTSTAR
CRESCENTSTAR

Is Ms. Prickwinkle goint to supply cell phones for this nonsense?

TBUPS
TBUPS

I am xalling tomorrow morning and asking what on earth is wrong with her! SERIOUSLY!!

MikeJ6
MikeJ6

I am just glad i am not a cop in Cook Co. If I were, I would just stop arresting people for anything. If fact, I would just quit and go to work somewhere else. If enough cops in Cook Co do that, the public there would probably re-think their positions on law enforcement or they could just paddle their canoe.

Retired2174
Retired2174

Let the criminals have the city!!! Bail out if you can!!! That ship is going down fast like the Titanic! SMDH