State Senator Darren Bailey files legislation to reinstate the death penalty for killing police officers.
The bill would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for anyone 18 years of age or older who has been found guilty of first-degree murder of a peace officer performing their official duties.
Since 2011, first-degree murder of a police officer is punishable with life in prison.
State rep. Blaine Wilhour says it’s about holding criminals accountable.
At least 27 states have similar provisions allowing the death penalty for those convicted of killing police officers. If it passes, Sen. Bailey’s legislation would go into effect January 1, 2023.
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