Gov. Pritzker touts criminal justice and police reform bill in Metro East

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EAST ST. LOUIS– Gov. Pritzker is joining Metro East officials and lawmakers to highlight a monumental criminal justice and police reform plan.

Gov. Pritzker says all Illinois will live in a safer and more just state with this law on the book.

He signed the historic criminal justice reform bill last month. The law includes better police training and accountability, a ban on the use of chokeholds, increased training in crisis intervention, and more mental health screenings for officers.

“Although these reforms should have happened long ago, this is still a remarkable first step in creating fundamental change in our state,” said State Sen. Christopher Belt (D- Centreville).

The legislation was authored by the Black Caucus and also acts to require police body cameras by 2025 and expand police training and instances in which officers can be stripped of certification.

The bill also expands new procedures for no-knock warrants and offers suspects who are arrested three phone calls instead of one.

Police unions and other law enforcement organizations have urged Pritzker to veto the bill, saying it would give crime suspects more advantages than police.

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