A minute’s silence was held at the Illinois State House to honor the memory of a fallen police officer.
One of the co-sponsors of the minute’s silence, Democrat Rep. Carol Ammons, chose to bring up the felon accused of murdering him.
During a moment of silence meant to honor fallen Officer Chris Oberheim on the floor of the Illinois House, state Rep. Carol Ammons (D) spoke about the felon, Darion Lafayette, who died after allegedly shooting and killing Oberheim.
Reps. Dan Caulkins (R), Mike Marron (R), and Ammons cosponsored a resolution meant to honor Oberheim and create a moment of silence exclusively for the fallen officer. Ammons represents the district containing the Champaign Police Department where Oberheim served and died.Breitbart News
She gave a short speech focusing on the suffering of the felon’s family.
Not quite the right focus for a minute’s silence to honor the police officer he allegedly killed.
But we also have to call to the family who also lost a young man in this incident, Darion Lafayette. I don’t know what happened or what led to this incident. But I know that gun violence is plaguing our communities across the state. And we have to do more to address the over proliferation of guns in our communities as well as to build better relationships between the police and the community.
So, today, all of our families grieve. Champaign grieves. The state of Illinois grieves. This nation is actually grieving. And, so, I pray that we can come together to address what is actually driving the violence and the murder that is taking place in our communities. We uphold these families, and we ask for solace for all of them and that there is some semblance of relief and pressure that is put on this issue so that we can address it once and for all.
We ask the body to take a moment of silence for the loss of life that has taken place in Champaign. And, thank you, Mr. Speaker, for the moment to recognize the families.Breitbart News
And here’s some background about what happened between the police officer and the felon.
Officer Oberheim responded to a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning where he was shot and killed. Another unidentified officer was shot but is expected to survive. The suspect, Lafayette, was pronounced dead at the scene after an exchange of gunfire.
According to Champaign county court records, Lafayette has been charged with aggravated domestic violence with three different women as well as possession of drugs, including methamphetamine. Under Illinois law, Lafayette cannot legally possess a firearm.
Democrats have a habit of defending the wrong people, and this is no exception.
This minute’s silence was for the police officer, not the felon.
The two Republicans co-sponsoring the bill understood that.
This Democrat did not.