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Bracing for ‘anarchy’: Illinois residents react to new law set to handcuff police


Residents of Illinois’ southernmost town tell Fox News they are alarmed by the state’s new law, which critics say will put more criminals on the streets and fewer behind bars .

“I think that’s stupid,” Luke told Fox News. “I worked for the system for 28 years, and I think this is about the dumbest thing Illinois has come up with so far.”

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Brenda, who worked at the Metropolis Sheriff’s Office for 20 years, said “people need to be held accountable for their actions.”
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Keith Pekau, mayor of a Chicago suburb and Republican candidate for Congress, called Illinois’ SAFE-T law “the most dangerous law” he has ever seen. He said “it could get out of control pretty quickly.”

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The SAFE-T law, which takes effect Jan. 1, overhauls the Illinois court system with provisions such as ending cash bail and implementing a higher standard on when a accused can be held for several crimes, including second degree murder, aggravated battery, arson and kidnapping. It also prohibits police from physically removing non-violent intruders.

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“If the police can’t remove them and it’s up to the owner, then more than likely they’ll be the ones in trouble instead of the intruder,” David said.

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