State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) issued the following statement in response to House Democrats’ sudden, halfhearted about-face on law enforcement and crime legislation that they cobbled together in the last session days before the election:
“Democratic lawmakers in Illinois are feeling the consequences of their anti-police policies. Crime is up. Good law enforcement officers from across the state have chosen to retire, resign, and leave the profession. Anti-police lawmakers may be hoping Illinoisans will forget that JB Pritzker and the Democratic majority turned their back on law enforcement, but the people know the truth.
“Now, in the last days of legislative session Democrats have cobbled together bills to claim they support our police and are fighting crime. But the bills passed today will not change the anti-police, pro-criminal policies created by the so-called ‘SAFE-T Act’; nor will they change the anti-police, pro-criminal culture in Illinois under JB Pritzker.
“I voted to support law enforcement today, just like I always have.
“Unfortunately for Illinois Democratic leaders, victims of crime, law enforcement officers, families of law enforcement officers, and Illinoisans noticed what wasn’t passed tonight: any repeal of the anti-police, pro-criminal policies that are driving up crime and driving out police.”