'Don't Shoot' up for debate in race for State's Attorney

By Maggie Vespa

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Over the weekend, authorities received nearly a dozen reports of shots fired in Peoria, one of which sent one man to the hospital. A second remains behind bars.

This comes more than a month into the city's new 'Don't Shoot' campaign.

Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady is defending the program, adding it's a gradual process.

His opponent in the November election, Frank Ierulli, disagrees, calling it 'too slow.'

"What we have so far to date: scary billboards with a quippy tagline. I don't think that there is anything funny about the level of violence in Peoria, and this 'you're killing me' tagline just makes light of a very serious situation," said Ierulli.

"The mayor has made the comment 'This is not a flash in the pan,'" said Brady. "This is not something that happens overnight. This is a logic. This is something that has a community phase to it. It has a law enforcement phase to it. It has an arrest phase to it, and we are right now in the community phase."

Brady says one of the next steps lies in implementing 'don't shoot' in area schools.

He says his office is already in talks with District 150 administrators.