Gianno Caldwell says ending cash bail in Illinois will be like ‘The Purge’ after brother murdered in Chicago

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Eliminate cash bail in illinois puts the state on a path that looks like something out of a horror movie, says Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell.

As Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, continues to face a rampant crime wave, the state is preparing for SAFE-T Act 2021 to go into effect January 1, 2023.

Following the bill’s elimination of cash bail, Caldwell said in a New York Post op-ed that one of America’s most violent cities would begin operating as the show’s fictional cities. film series “The Purge”, in which citizens are given one night a year where they are allowed to commit any crime they want, without repercussions.

Caldwell’s younger brother, Christian, was shot and killed in Chicago earlier this year. He was 18 years old.

Gianno Caldwell and his brother, Christian, in their last photo taken together.
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In July, Cook County Crime Stoppers offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to arrests in Christian’s murder.

Christian was out with friends on June 24 when he was shot. Two other victims, a 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were also shot and injured in the same shooting. Christian did not know the other victims.

Nearly three months later, police have still not identified any suspects in Christian’s murder.

“It’s been two months of hell,” Caldwell told Fox News Digital on the second anniversary of Christian’s death. “Thinking about it and thinking about it, I’m about to burst into tears. I still can’t believe my little brother was murdered. I think of him every day. I get calls from members of my family who call me just to cry…regularly.”


Caldwell is concerned about more than just eliminating cash bail for violent offenders, however.

“To make matters worse, offenders released on electronic monitoring devices must be in violation of their parole for 48 hours before it is considered a crime,” he wrote. “In the largest county in the state – Cook County, which encompasses Chicago – at any given time, more than 3,000 people are wearing ankle monitors. This includes approximately 100 who have been charged with murder.”

Local law enforcement officials are also concerned about the law.


Officials in Orland Park, Ill., a village about an hour from Chicago, this month passed a resolution demanding that state lawmakers work to resolve issues with the SAFE-T law, including “Unreasonably limiting police discretion to make arrests. … Imposing unreasonable police certification and decertification standards. … And violating the rights of victims as defined in Illinois law.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker speaks during a rally at the Federal Building Plaza April 27, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker speaks during a rally at the Federal Building Plaza April 27, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Illinois JB Pritzker is up for re-election in November and Republicans are wielding the SAFE-T Act as proof the one-term governor is soft on crime.

“Illinois officials responsible for this law will have the blood of every innocent victim on their hands unless they change course before January 1,” Caldwell wrote. “The people most at risk are the very black and brown people they claim to support. But those will be the criminals’ first victims when they are released.”

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report


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