Springfield, IL – An Illinois State Representative has proposed legislation that would give members of the General Assembly the ability to arrest and detain people as if they were official law enforcement.
Illinois State Representative Curtis J. Tarver II, a Democrat, introduced House Bill 724 on Feb. 8, according to the legislative status report.
The synopsis of HB 0724 said the measure provides requirements for assembly members to be “conservators of the peace” and gives them police powers.
“After receiving a certificate attesting to the successful completion of a training course administered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board as required under Section 10.5 of the Illinois Police Training Act, all member of the General Assembly shall be conservators of the peace,” the propose legislation read.
“Those persons shall have the power (i) to arrest or cause to be arrested, with or without process, all person who break the peace or are found violating any municipal ordinance or any criminal law of the State,” the text of HB 0724 read.
The proposed measure also allows state assembly members “to commit arrested persons for examination” and “detain arrested persons in custody over night or Sunday in any safe place or until they can be brought before a proper court.”
The new proposed bill is hypocritical at best .“Under the new reform bill, even police can’t contain someone unless it’s an immediate threat,” Davidsmeyer explained. This bill gives Lawmakers more power than police. How is it that through the reform process, we strip police of their power, but ultimately increase the power of politicians ?
Davidsmeyer said the proposed bill would hold trained law enforcement officers to a higher standard than untrained legislators when it came down to making an arrest.
“The only training lawmakers have is being on the ballot and being elected,” he told the Journal Courier.
The GOP lawmaker said that the bill also opened up a host of additional questions that included what insurance would be required for a lawmaker to start arresting people.
He also questioned what guidelines lawmakers would have to follow in questioning and detaining someone, and questioned where the detained person would be held, the Journal Courier reported.
It leaves one to question as to why law makers need police powers. More so- why do they not have to follow police reform guidelines should they be granted with police powers ?