Officers sent by Illinois mayor to break up parties find his wife at one of the gatherings

by Laura Mize · Apr 8th, 2020 9:39 am

Brant Walker, the mayor of Alton, Illinois, found himself in an awkward situation Sunday after police officers found his wife at a party he had asked law enforcement to break up.

Walker had asked the city's police force to disperse gatherings of 10 or more people, in a move to enforce Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order for people to stay home through April 30. Alton's chief of police called the mayor to notify him of his wife's attendance at a party that officers had investigated and stopped.

The mayor responded that his wife should receive the same consequence as other people who had attended the party.

"My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance, she exhibited a stunning lack of judgment," Walker said. "I am embarrassed by this incident and apologize to the citizens of Alton for any embarrassment this incident may cause our city."


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