Mayor ordered police to crack down on social gatherings. They found his wife at a bar

Mayor ordered police to crack down on social gatherings. They found his wife at a bar
Brant Walker

[Ed. – It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your wife is?]

A mayor in Illinois pleaded with residents last week to follow the state’s stay at home order. After officers reported that people were continuing to defy the rules, the mayor said he had directed the city’s police department to use its discretion in issuing citations and arrests.

“These are very serious times and I’m begging you to please stay at home,” Brant Walker, mayor of Alton, Illinois, said in a briefing on Friday.

Less than 48 hours later, police broke up a gathering at Hiram’s Tavern in downtown Alton. Among those in attendance: Walker’s wife.

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Walker announced in a statement on Monday that police had investigated and stopped a social gathering in violation of Illinois’ statewide order around 1 a.m. on Sunday. He said police also informed him that his wife was there.

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