Bill Would Allow Death Penalty for Killing First Responders
A member of the General Assembly from the Quad Cities wants to bring back the death penalty to Illinois. The bill by Republican State Senator Neil Anderson from Andalusia would re-instate capital punishment for anyone who kills a first responder.
That would include police, firefighters, EMT's, and employees of the Department of Corrections.
"Regardless of deterrent, what I'm concerned about is that justice be met especially with all the assault and criminal justice reform against law enforcement."
Anderson says "we owe it to first responders to make sure than anyone who attacks them is held accountable to the highest level possible."
He thinks a perfect example of who his bill would affect is the man who killed a police officer from Bradley in December - he says the officer was "executed" while pleading for her life.
"That person deserves to have the same fate as he doled out. And I think It's important for the family of the victims to have swift closure."
When the General Assembly meets next month, he plans to add DCFS workers to the list of first responders.
Anderson is a first responder himself, serving as a firefighter for the city of Moline.
A chief co-sponsor of the bill is State Senator Dale Fowler from Harrisburg.