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

Holly Matkin

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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Pyrocop
Pyrocop

How about this....all the law enforcement quite and find jobs with a government that supports them and leave Cook county to the criminals and law makers. They are all on about the same level so they should get along great

J.P. DuROCHE
J.P. DuROCHE

All those lawmakers need to be "Bitch Slapped" back to their Mamma's Twats....

TransportAl
TransportAl

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂Oh wait your serious!🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

RPG156
RPG156

That is simply SAF. It will never pass.... probably.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Wait a minute!! Doesn't putting someone (a cop in this case) in state prison for 3 years require a STATE LAW? In most states it does. It is up to the officer to read the person the Miranda Warning when he arrests them and then attempts to question them. It is up to the arrested person whether to request to call a lawyer, or whether to talk to the officer. Here we have stupidity attempting to protect stupidity.

Milman
Milman

I think all DAs and Public Defenders should do at least two years as a night shift police officer before they ever open their mouths! These criminal lovers will bring anarchy to our country!

Milman
Milman

The selection of good, SANE, men/women to become officers is narrowing. Our current group will be replaced by what's left. I call these that wanna be cops it the power hungry beta males. You think you have issues with the police now? Just wait! I blame to loss on these DAs, public defenders, and Gutless Police Chiefs. Good luck.

JMK2244
JMK2244

Pu-lease! By all means, let's punish law enforcement for not babysitting criminals (sarcasm in case you're wondering). This so-called "legislation" is absolutely ridiculous. I'm afraid to ask "what's next???"

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

When did it become a law that you had to be given a phone call. You have to be provided with an attorney, not a fricking phone call. If they question you after you give up the rights they tell you about then they are within the law. If you want a phone call and they are not questioning you about a crime you committed then wait until you are provided with the time to make one. Sounds to me if the politicians are simply going for the thug vote and want to be reelected on the backs of LEOs.

RPG156
RPG156

The scales of justice in Chicago are so unbalanced that they may never recover.

Grog
Grog

With sh*t like this Preckwinkle in these positions, no wonder Chicago is such a shit hole!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

This leftist socialist democrat run city needs to loose its entire police department. Then assholes in power can come up with another moronic decision. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why ANYONE would live in any democrat run city or state!!!

Manawela
Manawela

We should have a national week of inaction. We do nothing but respond to cases, but we do so without breaking any laws, speed limit, no running red lights. The only exception would be officer assists, in progress cases that involves assaults, but even that would be up to the officer. No tags or traffic stops. We make it known nationally. For that week, every speeder DUI violator petty criminal will have a chance to go rampant. It's a little harsh, but so is arresting an officer just because some scumbag didn't get 3 calls in an hour. Maybe in the jurisdictions that support the blue line commendably we still operate normally, that would make the idiots who run the anti-cop municipalities stand out even more. One thing we could do, is put the idiot municipalities on notice. Shape up or this will happen. We could also put out that we especially would not enforce firearm laws against law abiding citizens for that week, because we realize they would not have the usual protection from the blue line. So people would have to defend themselves. That would really freak the liberals out.

Ibcyn
Ibcyn

“Preck”winkle, should be PRICKwinkle. Ignorant law but then again it Chicago, Cook County, where you couldn’t find a honest politician or elected individual if your life depended on it. She’s just another swamp dweller in a historical dishonest county government.

Boater
Boater

Revelations...when good is evil and evil is good. Sound familiar?

TexasFred
TexasFred

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is a blithering idiot...

chiefd
chiefd

Maybe Prickwinkle should tell criminals not to get arrested if they don't want their lives disrupted.

Gary4206
Gary4206

Oh I get it, three strikes and the killer goes back to the street. Jails are too full so they neeed a place to put the criminal.

gerwar1
gerwar1

Police officers don’t have to look for evil people...those just come out of the woodwork or closets or the bushes!!!

Captain Wellhead
Captain Wellhead

They all need to quit and go to a city that appreciates them, then see how many new cops she gets to follow her rules

Hawksmart
Hawksmart

Lunacy doesn’t just rain here , it pelts from every direction . Are you people nuts? A felony for not arranging to permit three phone calls? What is this? A sleepover?

User 69
User 69

I’ll agree! They’ll not I’m there for social calls. She’s not qualified to be her position

observer1
observer1

Is that thing a female?

CFHENDERSON1
CFHENDERSON1

Walk them in, show them the phone and give them 15 min to make all 3 calls, duty done

tfort
tfort

Give them the calls and you will not go to jail. How much easier can it be?

The_Joker_
The_Joker_

This bitch just needs to go away...

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

ahh more anti Cop bull!!

Hey cook County hows the murder rate going??

And your worried about this?????????? GET A LIFE AND GET A CLUE!!

How about stiffer penalties for illegal firearm use??? mandatory sentences, NO PAROLE OR PARDONS!!!!!!!

possession 5years possession while committing a crime 10Yrs use (display, discharge)/ crime 15yrs injury to self or others / crime 25yr serious physical injury to self/others /crime 35yrs death to any person by use / crime death to you

Better yet All incidents involving illegal firearms should be a FEDERAL CRIME

KBChicago
KBChicago

Preckwinkle needs to go- just take a look at her record (also take a look at Kim Foxx, who is Preckwinkle's mouthpiece). Criminals go free so often here that it's truly indicative of leadership- there is little punishment for crime.

davido53
davido53

I find it absolutely amazing that any cop will even work in Chicago with 'leadership' like this.


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