With the increase in targeted crimes against police officers, State Representative Dan Beiser of Alton is sponsoring legislation that would automatically make certain crimes against law enforcement personnel hate crimes. Under the bill, most crimes against police officers would automatically become Class 4 felonies, removing the discretion of prosecutors.
Beiser says crimes against law enforcement personnel are at their highest levels in 20 years.
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Beiser's bill classifies a wide range of offenses, from theft to disorderly conduct to assault on a police officer, as Class 4 felonies, when many of them are currently routinely treated as misdemeanors.