ORLAND PARK, Sick. – Orland Park officers are taking a stand towards repeat offenders of weapons arrests.
The Village Board of Trustees voted 7-0 Monday, Might 17, to cross a decision honoring the rights of victims and demanding violent offenders be held on the utmost bail quantity or punishment allowed by regulation.
Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell informed the board members on Might 17 that the Orland Park Police Division has made 46 firearm arrests because the begin of 2019.
“This equates to a firearm arrest roughly as soon as each two and a half weeks,” Mitchell stated. “In 2021, a firearm arrest has occurred as soon as per week. The Orland Park Police Division is stopping extra individuals which can be armed with firearms.”
Mitchell stated the sorts of firearms embrace ones with prolonged magazines and hollow-tip rounds.
“Twenty-two % of the gun offenders violated the phrases of their launch on bond by both committing a brand new offense whereas on bond or failing to seem in court docket,” Mitchell stated. “Two defendants violated their bond by committing a further offense after failing to seem in court docket.
“Women and gents, that is what is known as ‘catch and launch,’ and it places my officers and each officer on the road at better threat.”
Throughout the dialogue, Trustee Sean Kampas stated that when Cook dinner County State’s Legal professional Kim Foxx was elected, one in all her acknowledged targets was to cut back the inhabitants of the Cook dinner County jail.
“As our lead prosecutor, how may she obtain that objective?” he requested. “Within the first three years, her workplace dismissed 25,000 felony circumstances. That quantity is 35% greater than her predecessor did. Practically one-third of all felony fees — a few of which embrace murder, intercourse crimes and aggravated battery — are merely dropped. Chief Mitchell has proven us what that impression appears to be like like for our neighborhood. It will get worse. The Cook dinner County conviction charge is 11% decrease than what was set by her predecessor.”
Kampas admitted that gun violence is a fancy problem.
“It is secure to say all of us, apart from maybe the criminals, are unified in our want to deal with it,” he stated. “Nonetheless, we typically permit our most well-liked options to cloud our judgment on what the basis downside is and who the unhealthy actors are. People who disagree with one group’s reply turns into one other group’s adversary. That is unlucky, as a result of in the meantime the criminals couldn’t care much less in regards to the debate. They’re successful.
“We should acknowledge issues inherent in our system right this moment if we’re to have an opportunity on fixing them. It takes three branches of presidency to maintain our residents safe. We’re seeing clear failures within the govt, with prosecutors failing to hold circumstances by to their rightful conclusion. Within the judicial, we’re seeing bond and sentencing pointers which can be failing to curb future recidivism.
“What good can the legislature do if the present legal guidelines will not be enforced? Why do we glance to them to unravel these issues once we can clearly see the failures should be addressed within the different two branches?”
Mayor Keith Pekau took problem with how the legal guidelines are at present being enforced.
“Cook dinner County, below this state’s lawyer, has an abysmal report of implementing our legal guidelines,” he stated. “State legislators, their response to that is passing horrible legal guidelines like HB 3653. Now, they’re engaged on extra gun management legal guidelines. How about implementing the legal guidelines which can be already on the books? Let’s attempt that first.
“Till the State and County decide to locking up violent criminals to the fullest extent of the regulation and implement present weapons legal guidelines, every part else they do is kabuki theater and lip service.”
Pekau stated “it’s time to cease the insanity and implement the regulation.”
“It isn’t simply gun legal guidelines that aren’t enforced,” he stated. “Simply this final week, we arrested somebody for a DUI. This individual has one prior conviction and eight prior arrests. We won’t get a felony cost as a result of there will not be sufficient prior convictions. Effectively, you may by no means get sufficient prior convictions in case you by no means cost anyone.
“It is one other instance of favoring criminals and making law-abiding residents much less secure. It disgusts me, and it must cease.”
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