A woman charged Sunday with aggravated assault against four Chicago police officers was released Monday — the first day cash bail was officially eliminated across Illinois.
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Esmeralda Aguilar, 24, of Cicero, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer following an incident that occurred at 2:38 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of North Wabash Avenue, police said said.
But she was released Monday, the same day the Pretrial Fairness Act — part of the controversial SAFE-T Act — took effect. Fox News said.
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Under the new law, a judge can jail someone if they believe they pose a danger to the community. If they do not pose a danger or flight risk, they will be released without posting bail.
Proponents of the law contend that bail simply punishes low-income defendants for being too poor to get out of prison. Critics said the new law could lead to the release of dangerous criminals onto the streets as violent crime continues to occur in cities like Chicago.
“I can assure you that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is ready to implement the Pre-Trial Fairness Act,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx posted on social media Monday, according to Fox News. “This attempt to arrest those who pose a real threat to our public, rather than arrest those who are simply poor, is the right thing to do.”
Cook County Executive Toni Preckwinkle called the end of cash bail a “milestone toward economic and racial justice in Cook County and Illinois,” Fox News added.
But the Republican leader of the Illinois Senate isn’t so pleased.
“It is reported that a violent criminal arrested for assaulting four Chicago police officers, sending two of them to the hospital, was immediately released on the first day of no bail because the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office refused to do so once bothered to file a criminal complaint “Requests to incarcerate the defendant are problematic,” state Sen. John Curran of Downers Grove said in a statement WFLD TV.
Curran added that this result is one of the reasons police recruitment is at an all-time low, the station said.
“This highlights the misplaced priorities of Illinois’ criminal justice system when the prosecutor puts the freedom of a violent offender above the safety of law enforcement officers who are committed to protecting and serving our communities. Is it any wonder that police recruitment is so low in this state?” he said, according to the station.
Republican Sen. Terri Bryant said funds lost by eliminating cash bail would place additional strain on courtroom resources, which would also harm crime victims, WLFD said.
But Democratic Sen. Robert Peters, one of the SAFE-T Act sponsors, told the station: “It shouldn’t matter what’s in your wallet. What should matter is how you can go home and live your life.”
Aguilar’s next court date is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Skokie, WFLD said.
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