“When is it going to stop?” IL Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President releases statement after two officer deaths Dec. 29

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Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 2:39 PM CST
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(Heart of Illinois ABC) - Two Illinois police officers have been killed and the President of the State FOP Lodge is speaking out.

“In less than 24 hours we have lost two of the state’s finest public servants, both dedicated officers whose murders are a senseless, reprehensible stain on humanity during what should be a season of peace. To be shot to death while helping a stranded motorist or gunned down while trying to quiet a barking dog is further evidence that more criminals are becoming emboldened by the continuing false narrative that police officers are the bad guys. When is it going to stop? How many more officers’ families will be left to grieve while the real bad guys continue to slaughter those in uniform? As we enter a new year we urge all Illinoisans to grieve alongside these officers’ families, and to let all who will listen know that we will no longer tolerate an environment where wearing a badge makes you a target.”

Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President Chris Southwood

The first was Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley.

He was killed responding to a motorist assist on Interstate 64 around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Bradley, Illinois Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic was shot and killed late Wednesday night at a hotel responding to a barking dog complaint.

A second officer was taken to the hospital.

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