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Winnebago County State’s Attorney calls Rep. Cabello’s comment ‘complicit in unlawful activity’

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross released a statement about State Rep. John Cabello's comment on the protests over the weekend.

On Saturday night, Cabello thanked people on Facebook for attending a Back the Blue rally. One person said "Thank you, John Cabello. You're doing what your constituents want. Now is the time to lock and load? Asking for a friend." Cabello responded by saying, "Not yet but be ready."

“I feel it incumbent as State’s Attorney to respond to the postings on August 2, 2020 on State Representative John Cabello’s page relating to recent civil unrest in Winnebago County. We live in a law and order society. Anyone who would suggest that individuals break the law indeed becomes complicit in the unlawful activity. Clearly this type of rhetoric and dialog is unacceptable and does not further productive conversations to resolve and address positive change going forward. These posts do not reflect the sentiment of my office nor local law enforcement leaders that I work with. Please be assured that the Office of the Winnebago County State’s Attorney will continue to enforce the laws of the State of Illinois and also provide safe venues for peaceful demonstrations.”

Marilyn Hite Ross

Rep. Cabello released a statement on Sunday night and said his words were "contorted and twisted around to something that it is not."

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara also responded to Rep. Cabello's comment. He expressed concerned about Rep. Cabello's comments that McNamara said at worst could "incite violence and at best not promote peace."

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Jena Kleindl

Jena joined the WREX team in May 2020 as the Assignment Editor and News Producer. She was born and raised in Freeport. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2020.

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