Preckwinkle Opposes Anti-Carjacking Legislation, Says Its 'Ineffective'

Craig Dellimore
May 17, 2018 - 9:05 am

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said her opposition to anti-carjacking legislation in Springfield is unwavering, because, she said, the measure would be ineffective and unjust.

Preckwinkle said the bill would not add to public safety, but simply increase the number of jailed black and brown young people who did not commit a violent crime. The law would let police hold carjacking suspects if they were simply in possession of a stolen car, no matter how they got it.

"Rather it would perpetuate Illinois' long-standing trend of unnecessarily detaining and incarcerating young black and brown youth for nonviolent acts," Preckwinkle said. "Not every instance of a stolen motor vehicle involves a weapon."

"Use of a weapon by either juvenile or adult is serious and must be treated as such. But understanding the underlying causes of behavior, investing in prevention and reentry services and support, and not casting a broad net is also important if we are truly going to confront this issue in a meaningful way," she said.