The House of Representatives approved legislation that increases penalties for disarming or attempting to disarm a police officer. Under the bill, the maximum sentence for attempting to disarm a police officer would increase from a five-year felony to a 10-year felony. It also increased the penalty for disarming a police officer from a 10-year felony to a 20-year felony.
Bill sponsor Representative Mike Mueller (R-Linden) introduced the legislation in response to the death of an Oak Park police officer in 2008, who was killed after a suspect took his firearm during a struggle and shot him. Representative Mueller, a former officer himself, shared during testimony that on two occasions suspects attempted to disarm him during his career.
The bill will be sent to the Senate for consideration.
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