‘Potential anarchy’: IL candidate warns criminal justice overhaul will have untrained citizens fending for themselves

Fox News host Tucker Carlson did a segment on Monday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that focused on crime surging in Philadelphia, pointing to the criminal justice reform policies pushed by Democrats.

“None of this is an accident,” Carlson insisted. “Crime is rising as a direct result of policies designed to make crime rise. And at the same time, any effort by normal people, middle-class people, to defend themselves is immediately met with the full ferocity of the state. “So this is an attempt, of course, to destroy the American middle class — let’s just be honest about it. This is crime with a purpose.”

Right on cue, in the state of Illinois, a Republican congressional candidate is calling a new law overhauling the state’s criminal justice system the “most dangerous law” he has ever seen.

Keith Pekau, the current mayor of Orland Park, a Chicago suburb, is warning crime could “spiral out of control” after the law goes into effect in January — residents in Chicago, who just saw another bloody weekend with at least 50 people shot, may argue that it’s ALREADY out of control.

“When I said that this is the most dangerous law I’ve ever seen, I believe that,” Pekau said, according to Fox News.

Gov. JB. Pritzker signed the Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act into law last year and Fox News reported that the law “changes multiple parts of Illinois’ justice system with provisions like ending cash bail; limiting how flights determine whether defendants are flight risks; and allows defendants under electronic monitoring to leave home for 48 hours before they can be charged with escape.”

The bill reportedly was rushed through both chambers of Illinois’ legislature in seven hours with no formal hearings or debates.

Pekau, who is running on inflation, crime and the economy, told Fox News citizens may soon be forced to protect themselves.

“I don’t think we know what’s coming from this,” he said. “I think we can project that if criminals are allowed to run free and police officers can’t protect citizens, citizens are going to start protecting themselves and take the law into their own hands.”

“The whole thing is concerning to me because it was just a potpourri of everything, and it didn’t bring into consideration law enforcement, judges or all the stakeholders in place,” Pekau continued. “It was basically to allow criminals to go free.”

Democrats hold that bail is a product of systemic racism because people of color are generally not as well off financially and cannot afford the money required for pre-trial release. Pekau said the notion on the left that criminals shouldn’t be held is “absurd.”

Under the concept of “equity,” jails in cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco have become revolving doors with perpetrators out committing new crimes within hours of being arrested for the last crime. In many cases, charges are downgraded or dropped altogether by progressive prosecutors who often share a commonality — financial support from billionaire George Soros.

Pointing to his own town, the mayor said Orland Park police officers would say the best tool to have if someone’s trespassing is to encourage the suspect to leave willingly, saying “you’re trespassing, please leave or we will arrest you.”

“Well, now they can’t arrest, they can only write a ticket,” Pekau noted. “So, they get to stay in that business, on your property, at your house, etc.”

“We create potential anarchy because law enforcement can’t do their job and then people feel that they have to do that job,” he said. “People aren’t trained in the use of force. They’re not trained to de-escalate situations. Lots of bad things can happen out of this, and it could potentially spiral out of control relatively quickly.”


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