Luft legislation would prohibit bail for those charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer

SPRINGFIELD – Judges would be allowed to deny bail to defendants charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer under new legislation filed by State Representative Mark Luft (R-Pekin).

“Attacks on police officers must stop,” Luft said. “This legislation will send a strong message that if you harm a police officer you will not be back out on the street any time soon.”

The legislation adds “aggravated battery to a peace officer” to the list of offenses for which a judge may turn down a request for bail at the defendant’s bail hearing. Current law already specifies that a judge may deny bail if “the defendant poses a real and present threat to the physical safety of any person or persons,” but does not specifically give aggravated battery of a peace officer as a reason for the denial. Luft’s legislation would give judges the ability to do so.

“No one who commits this kind of crime against a law enforcement officer should be granted bail and allowed to walk right back out the door,” said Donald “Ike” Hackett, President of the Spoon River Valley FOP Lodge. “I appreciate Rep. Luft bringing this issue to the forefront.”

The legislation is House Bill 5754.