Ella French dead – Chicago cops 'turn their back on Mayor Lori Lightfoot' as officer's dad blames HER for shootingAugust 10, 2021
MORE than two dozen cops appeared to turn their back on Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot in protest as Ella French’s grieving dad "blamed" the politician for the officer’s death.
French, 29, died on August 7 after being shot during a traffic stop while another cop is said to be fighting for his life in hospital.
Lori Lightfoot visited the University of Chicago Medical Center on Sunday as around 30 cops protested.
An unnamed person told the Chicago Sun-Times: "It looked like it had been choreographed."
It’s reported that the mayor appeared “shaken” by the scenes at the hospital.
French's dad reportedly shouted at Lightfoot and blamed her for what happened.
John Catanzara, president of the Chicago police union, said officers turning their backs was an "excellent example" as he said cops do not support the Democrat's leadership, according to the Sun-Times.
A spokesperson for Lightfoot told the outlet: "In a time of tragedy, emotions run high and that is to be expected.
"As the mayor stated, now is not the time for divisive and toxic rhetoric or reporting. This is a time for us to come together as a city.
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"We have a common enemy and it is the conditions that breed the violence and the manifestations of violence, namely illegal guns, and gangs."
Ella's family said: "God took the wrong kid" as they paid tribute.
Andrew French said: “My sister’s always been a person of integrity. She’s always done the right thing even when nobody’s looking.
“She’s always believed in people and believed in doing the right thing.
"She’s always believed in taking care of people that can’t take care of themselves.”
Andrew said that he was proud of Ella and will remain proud of his sister.
It comes as two suspects have been charged over her death.
My sister's always been a person of integrity."
Emonte Morgan, 21, was charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
His 22-year-old brother, Eric Morgan, was also hit with charges.
Eric was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.
Emonte and Eric are due in court for a bail hearing on August 10.
French and her fellow officer carried out a traffic stop at around 9pm on August 7 in West Englewood.
Two men and a woman were traveling in the car, police said.
A person inside the vehicle, suspected to be Emonte, reportedly opened fire on the police officers during the stop as cops exchanged shots.
Police said Emonte got into a physical altercation with both cops before the shooting.
Paying tribute, Chicago police officials said: "We will never forget the true bravery she (Ella) exemplified as she laid her life down to protect others."
Chicago was plagued by another weekend of bloodshed.
Statistics show that there have been more than 1,000 shootings on the city’s streets in the last six years.
Ella’s death was one of 11 recorded after a security guard, 40, was killed for reportedly refusing his attacker entry to a club, ABC7 reports.
A 37-year-old man was shot twice in the neck and three times in the back; later a man, 25, was hit three times in the stomach and died.
Then, in the early hours of Sunday, a man, 47, was found dead from a gunshot wound in his car.
A total of 73 people were shot over the weekend including 16 in three mass shootings.
Up until last weekend, just two men had been convicted in connection with one of the 212 mass shooting incidents since 2016, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
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