About 30 Chicago cops reportedly showed their displeasure at the current peace and order security in Chicago. During Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s hospital visit to a wounded officer, fellow Chicago cops turned their backs on her when she greeted them.
Chicago Cops Snub Mayor During Hospital Visit
Last Saturday, Police Officer Ella French died in the line of duty when two suspects shot and killed her during a traffic stop. French's partner, an unnamed police officer, also received gunshot wounds.
The wounded officer received emergency treatment but remains in critical condition. Mayor Lightfoot was visiting the wounded officer when the snub happened.
When she arrived at the 7th floor where the officer was staying, about 30 officers turned their backs to her when she approached them. According to an anonymous source, “It looked like it had been choreographed.”
The officer’s father is a retired Chicago cop. Sources said that the father also wanted nothing to do with Lightfoot’s visit. As a result, the mayor received an earful when she tried to console the family. In her defense, Lightfoot remained calm and attentive while he blamed her for what happened.
Mayor Expected Emotions To Run High
After the incident, the office of Mayor Lightfoot issued a statement. ”In a time of tragedy, emotions run high and that is to be expected,” the statement said. “The Mayor spoke to a range of officers that tragic night and sensed the overwhelming sentiment was about concern for their fallen colleagues.
As the Mayor stated yesterday, now is not the time for divisive and toxic rhetoric or reporting. This is a time for us to come together as a city. We have a common enemy and it is the conditions that breed the violence and the manifestations of violence, namely illegal guns, and gangs.
The Mayor is focused on healing the wounds and will reject any and all that try to use this moment to drive further divisions in our city,” the statement continued.
Violent Weekend In Chicago
The weekend proved a violent one for Chicago. A spate of shootings left 13 people dead and 73 injured. Between Friday and Sunday, Chicago Police registered 54 shooting incidents.
Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown said that French, her partner, and another officer approached a vehicle with three occupants during a traffic stop in West Englewood on Saturday.
Gunshots ensued which killed French and seriously wounded his partner. During the ensuing chaos, one of the Morgan brothers got hit by gunfire. The cops brought the suspect to Christ Hospital in stable condition. Both brothers will appear in court Tuesday.
Three suspects are currently in police custody, including two brothers. Emonte Morgan, 21, received charges of first-degree murder of a peace officer and attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer (two counts).
He also received charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. His brother Eric Morgan, 22, received charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.
Eric was the one driving the vehicle. Meanwhile, the third passenger, a female, did not receive any charges owing to a lack of evidence.
Lightfoot declared a Day of Mourning
Last Sunday, Lightfoot declared Sunday a day of mourning. She called for all flags to be flown at half-staff. The mayor is a known police reformer who is often at odds with senior Chicago police leadership, including the police union.
She also called on her critics to “just stop” making the issue about her treatment of the police. “There are some who say we do not do enough for the police and that we are handcuffing them from doing their jobs.
There are others who say we do too much for the police and that we never hold them accountable for what they do, particularly in Black and brown neighborhoods,” she said.
“All of this, I say, stop. Just stop. This constant strife is not what we need at this moment. Of course, we have to continue the journey to achieve constitutional and accountable policing. That cannot be in a debate at this point,” she added.
The Chicago mayor called on residents to “say thank you” when they see Chicago cops in public. “We owe them a debt of gratitude that we will never truly be able to truly repay,” she said.
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