Illinois mayor orders police to arrest quarantine violators: his wife is soon detained
The mayor of Olton (Illinois) Brant Walker asked residents to stay home. After the officers reported that people continued to ignore the rules, the mayor ordered the city police department to arrest violators at their discretion. Writes about this CNN.
“These are very serious times and I implore you to stay home,” said Brant Walker.
In less than 48 hours, the police dispersed the meeting at the Hirama Bar in the city center. Among those present was the mayor's wife.
Walker said the police conducted an investigation and stopped a public meeting in violation of Illinois at around 01:00 on Sunday, March 5. He said the police also informed him that his wife was there.
“I have instructed the Chief of Police to treat her like any citizen who violates the isolation order, and to make sure that she is not treated in a special way,” Walker said in a statement.
The Illinois isolation order prohibits any public or private gatherings of any number of people outside of the same household or housing unit. The Alton Police Department press release received several complaints that the bar continues to work on weekends.
The officers did not detect any unauthorized actions until March 5, when "several people were in a bar - in an area out of sight of the public, clearly ignoring the order and requests for quarantine," the message says.
Altona police have confirmed that all perpetrators were charged with reckless behavior - a Class A crime charge punishable by up to 364 days in prison and / or a $ 2500 fine.
The mayor stated that he was embarrassed by the actions of his wife.
“My wife is a grown-up person who can make her own decisions, and in this case she had a blatant lack of judgment,” Walker said. "Now she is facing the same consequences of her reckless decision as others who decided to violate the isolation procedure during this incident."
“I am embarrassed by this and apologize to the citizens of Alton for whatever this story can bring to our city,” he added.
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