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Bailey, Pritzker talk about Adam Toledo’s death

Friday, Apr 16, 2021

* Sen. Darren Bailey, who is running for governor, speaking on Facebook today

I don’t understand what’s going on. I don’t think most of America understands what’s going on in our news and with our headlines and with these police shootings. Friends, it’s very simple. If you’re pulled over, if you’re asked on the street for questions good grief why wouldn’t you cooperate? There’s one thing in common with every one of these shootings and that’s that these people decided not to comply, not to cooperate with law enforcement. The men and women of law enforcement of our police force are here for one purpose, that is to serve and protect. To keep us and our communities safe. Why would you run and not stop if you’re innocent? Why would you do that? We have got to start teaching our children the importance of right and wrong. I think that’s what we’re missing today, we’re living in some interesting times and we know that. […]

People in downtown Chicago, they’re not the churches, they don’t desire this nonsense. It’s just simply that they’ve heard a singular message for a long time and they’ve heard nothing else and they don’t know any different. That seems to be the case from many of our conversations. But they want the law enforcement, they want police officers, they want to be safe in their communities. Yet we have these instances and events where one person you know takes off running from law enforcement and bad things happen. […]

Every day brings a new story in the headlines and it’s amazing. But the one thing again that I see that we have this all of this has in common is from people who are concerned that they’re not innocent, they run from the law. When you do that, we’re gonna have problems. Don’t put these people in that kind of position. God help our Governor that stands up and speaks in agreement with this stuff, that’s our problem. When you have leaders in Springfield and in Washington who stand with this stuff then that’s a fair sign that we’ve got to get engaged and we’ve got to stop this.

* Gov. JB Pritzker at the conclusion of an unrelated event today to announce $1.6 billion in federal aid to expand access to early childhood education and child care…

Today I come to this event that is really about great joy about our future and our children’s future, but I come with a heavy heart and profound grief. And I hope I speak for all Illinoisans who are aching for Adam Toledo and his family. The video of Adam’s death is devastating, just devastating. It is unbearable to think of his family, seeing these last moments of his life. And it is searing to know that a 13 year old lost his life in this way. It’s abundantly clear that our entire system failed Adam. The appropriate authorities must move quickly to investigate and adjudicate what happened that night in Little Village in the interests of justice and accountability. For all of us, we also have much work to do. And I asked all of us to commit to this work and to pray for Adams’s Family, for his friends, and for his community. And to pray that all Illinoisans can be safe, especially our young people.

…Adding… From comments…

Interesting, so Bailey thinks we should comply with the law?

Tell me more about his anti-mask anti-quarantine actions and positions?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

36 Comments
  1. - Arsenal - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:29 pm:

    Maybe someone can tell Bailey that when they told Toledo to show them his hands he did it and they still killed him.


  2. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:30 pm:

    Darren Bailey lecturing on compliance is pathetic.

    This is they guy who lied his way onto the House floor by claiming he got tested for COVID, encourages everyone to violate social distancing rules, and refused to condemn the leaders of the Capitol insurrection.


  3. - Candy Dogood - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:31 pm:

    ===There’s one thing in common with every one of these shootings and that’s that these people decided not to comply, not to cooperate with law enforcement.===

    Perhaps if the Capitol Police had killed more of the terrorists involved in the attack on our national Capitol on January 6th Senator Bailey would be able to have more solidarity with the victims of police violence.

    Instead he simultaneously believes that compliance prevents the violence which requires ignoring the two officers that attacked 2nd Lt. Nazario as he was in complete compliance with police instructions and stopped while even though there had been no violation of the law.

    At least Bailey’s campaign canvassers will be easy to spot on account of their white hoods and the crosses they’re setting ablaze.


  4. - Socially DIstant Watcher - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:32 pm:

    Waiting for Bailey to condemn the January 6th insurrectionists


  5. - DuPage Dad - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:32 pm:

    Bailey is, quite simply, an unserious political figure.


  6. - Former Downstater - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:33 pm:

    Maybe someone can tell Bailey that when they told George Floyd to stop he did it and they still killed him.


  7. - RIJ - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:33 pm:

    Sorry, above was me, not anonymous.


  8. - JS Mill - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:35 pm:

    =these people decided not to comply, not to cooperate with law enforcement=

    Interesting, so Bailey thinks we should comply with the law?

    Tell me more about his anti-mask anti-quarantine actions and positions?

    Good grief is right.

    Hypocrite. And that doesn’t even begin to address the substance of what he blathered.


  9. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:37 pm:

    The 21 year old “buddy’ may have handed the weapon off to a minor on purpose?…making the kid a victim of the streets and a victim of the police…both?


  10. - Lefty Lefty - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:37 pm:

    “People in downtown Chicago, they’re not the churches, they don’t desire this nonsense.”

    I’d like Sen. Bailey to explain what this means. The rest of that paragraph is amazing, but the first sentence is a doozy. It’s like talking to my old man in 1975 but with new euphemisms.


  11. - Former Downstater - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:39 pm:

    ==Bailey is, quite simply, an unserious political figure.==

    That makes him a prime example of the current Republican Party.


  12. - hot chocolate - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:45 pm:

    Please do not attribute Darren Bailey’s comments to all Republicans. I disavow them and I am GOP 100 percent. His rhetoric comes from a place of being unable to have his own heart move. Very sad when he is actually praying that God will change other hearts.


  13. - Skeptic - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:49 pm:

    “Why would you run and not stop if you’re innocent?” That goes right along with “If you’re innocent, you have nothing to hide.” The Fourth Amendment (which BTW is every bit as important as the First and the Second) says that *because* I am innocent, they have no right to stop me.


  14. - Huh? - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:51 pm:

    “If you’re pulled over, if you’re asked on the street for questions good grief why wouldn’t you cooperate?”

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/11/us/windsor-virginia-police-stop-army-lieutenant-lawsuit/index.html


  15. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:53 pm:

    JS Mill picked up on the same hypocrisy that I did. Apparently it’s not cool to run from police because it could get you killed but thumbing your nose at public health mitigations and getting yourself or, more importantly, others killed is no biggie?


  16. - ChrisB - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:56 pm:

    Dude, Darrin, watch the video. The kid did comply with police. So did Daunte Wright.

    Get your dog whistle outta here.


  17. - SSL - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:57 pm:

    This is an abolutely brutal situation, and there aren’t easy answers. Young people dying at an alarming rate.


  18. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:57 pm:

    “Why would you run and not stop if you’re innocent?”

    1. There is always a presumption of innocence (you know, if you actually believe in the Constitution). 2. Maybe because, in this case, you are a child and are frightened.


  19. - OneMan - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:02 pm:

    When I was 16 I hopped a 6-foot fence when the cops showed up a kegger I was at. It seems in his world, I should be shot for that.


  20. - James B - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:05 pm:

    Wright didn’t comply - he got back into the car and endangered everyone at the scene. Obviously he did not deserve to get shot / and die. That’s tragic.

    The Toledo shooting- the cop had 8/10ths of a second and the kid was angled unfortunately in a way that the last view the cop had was him with a gun.

    Both of these are tragic events but the Minnesota one was much more tragic because Toledos age is a footnote after the fact. Everyone must do better.


  21. - Cool Papa Bell - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:07 pm:

    And there are plenty of people that want that man as our next Governor.


  22. - Visa - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:07 pm:

    Bailey’s garbage is just complete nonsense that, unfortunately, has always had a home in American politics. It’s just that now, instead of 80% of the voting public believing this drivel it’s “only” 48% (Trump vote %). Don’t think for a moment that in 1965, a kid running down an alley, maybe with a gun, at 2am would be receiving the kind of sympathy Adam Toledo is. So as odious as Bailey’s words are, the fact that the majority of society’s reaction to his words is very negative is positive.


  23. - perplexed - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:17 pm:

    Is an EO a law?

    imo,no


  24. - LaX - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:18 pm:

    If you are asked to wear a mask,
    Good grief, why wouldn’t you cooperate…… just comply! The hypocrisy!


  25. - Enviro - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:23 pm:

    “It’s abundantly clear that our entire system failed Adam.”

    Our entire system failed Adam long before he was shot on March 29 at 2:30 a.m.


  26. - Roadrager - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:25 pm:

    ==The Toledo shooting- the cop had 8/10ths of a second and the kid was angled unfortunately in a way that the last view the cop had was him with a gun.==

    The cop had 8/10 of a second because he decided to have 8/10 of a second. He had activated “lethal force” mode before the subject could comply. The kid’s hands we going up, gun dropped, as requested, when the cop decided to fire anyway.

    If we’re defending the police response by citing the heat of the moment and the difficulty of making life-or-death split-second decisions in real time, we need to hold that officer and their department responsible when the wrong split-second decision is made. Killing a 13-year-old for following police orders and chalking it up to “Well, win some lose some, sad for all parties involved” does not cut it.


  27. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:36 pm:

    “Friends, it’s very simple. If you’re pulled over, if you’re asked on the street for questions good grief why wouldn’t you cooperate? There’s one thing in common with every one of these shootings and that’s that these people decided not to comply, not to cooperate with law enforcement.”

    That is just a big fat lie. Tell it to Philandro Castillo. Tell it to Breonna Taylor. My God - how many more of instances of shoot first and ask questions later do people like Darren Bailey have to see before they realize black people and white people are treated differently by police in America.


  28. - Roadrager - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:39 pm:

    ==My God - how many more of instances of shoot first and ask questions later do people like Darren Bailey have to see before they realize black people and white people are treated differently by police in America.==

    I submit that many do realize it; they just happen to like it that way.


  29. - Rich Miller - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:43 pm:

    ===Is an EO a law? imo,no ===

    Almost every judge has disagreed with you, but you be you, dummy.


  30. - Cool Papa Bell - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:45 pm:

    I’m still chilled by the video of Mia Wright and other women in a car in parking lot of party store in the late spring of last year.

    Cops roll up on them, demand of bunch of stuff out of them and just turn to beating them and dragging them out of car on a Sunday morning.

    But YEAH, just follow a lawful order and everything will be ok.


  31. - Pundent - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:56 pm:

    =Is an EO a law?

    imo,no=

    There’s more than a few people that hold the opinion that the IRS has the authority to collect taxes. They usually end up in prison.


  32. - Dee Lay - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 3:04 pm:

    “good grief why wouldn’t you cooperate?”

    He did. He dropped the gun and put his hands up and was shot and killed.

    He complied; He died.


  33. - Steve Polite - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 4:00 pm:

    Sorry, Anonymous @4:00 PM was me.


  34. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 4:09 pm:

    ===Please do not attribute Darren Bailey’s comments to all Republicans.===

    Not trying to be mean here, but I’ve learned in my life that if I ever have a need to say this about a group I belong to, the onus is on me to determine if I still want to belong to that group, not to try to defend the group.


  35. - Payback - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 4:18 pm:

    Bailey’s comments show him to be an ignorant clown. “If you’re pulled over, if you’re asked on the street for questions good grief why wouldn’t you cooperate?” Because American citizens have the right to remain silent and not incriminate ourselves. Prior to the signing of the Magna Carta, people were tortured until they talked.

    “…these people decided not to comply, not to cooperate with law enforcement.” I pay police, I do not work for them. My employees don’t tell me what to do.

    “The men and women of law enforcement of our police force are here for one purpose, that is to serve and protect. To keep us and our communities safe.” If Bailey seriously believes this, he is too stupid to hold public office. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police have no mandate to protect any individual. You can’t sue the police if they don’t show up. Bailey illustrates the “Dragnet” mentality: the police ring your doorbell and you invite them in your house for coffee. Sad.


  36. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 4:23 pm:

    ===Why would you run and not stop if you’re innocent? Why would you do that?===

    You can’t take a person serious to this very serious iss if the continue to say very misleading and untrue statements.

    He stopped. He raised his hands. He was killed.

    That’s is not up for discussion.

    To discuss something that is inherently untrue to this is what Bailey will do, and that’s not leadership to this crisis overall.


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