More Handcuffs on Police
- When the police pulled over the white Buick Regal he was riding in, Roderick Franklin told them he “was just getting a ride to have Easter breakfast.” The officers didn’t dispute that. They arrested him anyway.
The cops — members of a “saturation” team working to suppress violence in West Humboldt Park — said they pulled over the car in April 2014 because its taillights weren’t working. But when the police checked the names of everyone in the car, they learned that Franklin, a 45-year-old who struggled with a heroin habit, was on parole for drug possession. And they said one of the other passengers was a “self-admitted” member of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang.
To the officers, that meant Franklin had committed a crime just by sitting in the car: “unlawful contact” with a gang member while on parole. In Illinois, that’s an offense punishable by up to a year behind bars, even if no other crimes or gang activity occurred.
So this is on the political radar, and 'lo and behold, a Soft-on-Crime democrat has already taken up the cause for those poor parolees who are just trying to turn their lives around by associating with other felons/gang bangers:
- “It’s like a trap,” says state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a North Side Democrat who has proposed changes to the law.
Cassidy says the law restricts the movements of people trying to find work and turn their lives around after leaving prison. She says she’s heard of people concerned even about accepting a ride to work with a member of their own family for fear that could result in their arrest.
Cassidy also says the law does little to hinder gangs. “It doesn’t make us any safer because it doesn’t take anyone off the street who was doing a crime,” she says.
But hey, take away a useful tool for taking criminals off the street - you see how well the ACLU "fixed" the Contact Card situation.
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