This is the ultimate disrespect for an officer who was killed while conducting a routine traffic stop.
Yes, people make mistakes, but this was a high-profile cop-killing of a young, female officer who had only been on the force for 3 years, and it was the first officer that has been killed in the line of duty since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office in 2019.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s top cop have both mispronounced slain officer Ella French’s name, in a series of blunders as they clash with front line officers over the deadly shooting.
Lightfoot called her ‘Ella Franks’ Thursday night, and Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown called her ‘Ella Fitzgerald’ twice earlier this week.
That’s on top of denying French an honor guard bagpipe procession from the hospital to the morgue, a customary and symbolic act of respect for an officer killed in the line of duty.
Source: Daily Mail
Ella Fitzgerald? Seriously? That’s a really embarrasing mistake.
On August 7, Officer Ella French, 29, and her partner were on duty as community safety officers in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago when they stopped a car with expired tags.
Eric Morgan was driving with two passengers — one of whom was his brother, Emonte.
Emonte Morgan, 21, is charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Eric Morgan, 22, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said.
Police say Emonte Morgan both killed French and shot her partner three times. His brother Eric, police say, was driving the car the officers had pulled over for expired tags.
Source: ABC 7 Chicago
Officer French’s partner remains in hospital fighting for his life.
Emonte Morgan was in the car that night even though he had been charged in April with serious hit-and-run while on probation for robbery. Why was he not in jail? His hearing for violating probation was scheduled for August 10 — three days after Officer French was killed.
This truly senseless tragedy has been marred further by the way that the higher-ups in the city have handled it.
Officer French was pronounced dead at the hospital on Saturday, August 7, and when she was taken by ambulance to the medical examiner’s office, her fellow cops were preparing to line the streets with bagpipes in tribute.
But Chicago’s second-highest ranking cop rushed the tribute in an absolutely insulting way.
First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter infuriated officers gathered Saturday night at the Cook County medical examiner’s office to give their slain colleague Ella French a final send-off.
Ignoring a sacred ritual, Carter impatiently declared: “We don’t have 20 minutes for this s—.” He demanded the Chicago Fire Department ambulance bearing French’s body be taken directly into the medical examiner’s office, skipping the Emerald Society’s traditional playing of bagpipes.
“We’re not waiting on the bagpipes. Go ahead and get the vehicle inside,” Carter is heard saying on a recording.
“Take it all the way inside. Do not stop.”
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
On Saturday, about 30 rank-and-file officers gave Lightfoot the cold shoulder when she showed up at the University of Chicago Medical Center and approached them as they stood vigil, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
When Lightfoot tried to talk with the injured officer’s father, himself a retired cop, he lambasted the mayor and blamed her for what happened earlier in the day, two sources at the scene told the newspaper.
And when she then tried to comfort the grieving officers nearby, they walked away and turned their backs on her, the sources told the outlet.
“They did the about-face — it looked like it had been choreographed,” one of the sources said, adding that the display was “astounding.”
Lightfoot, who one source said appeared shaken, then headed downstairs to speak to the media about the shooting.
Source: New York Post
Mayor Lightfoot addresses the moment that the officers turned their back on her.
Chicago Superintendent David Brown was livid when a man charged for being a “straw purchaser” for Morgan that provided the gun that was used to kill Officer Fench was released from jail.
Jamel Danzy, who faces federal charges of conspiring to violate firearms laws, was granted a $4,500 appearance bond pending trial, meaning he will not need to pay bail to get out of custody. At a brief hearing conducted by telephone, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert on Wednesday noted Danzy’s steady employment history and lack of criminal background.
Brown was not impressed with the choice, issuing a statement to the media.
“To say that I am extremely disappointed in U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery Gilbert’s decision to release Jamel Danzy on an unsecured bond today is an understatement,” Brown said. “It is an outrage.”
The decision sets a dangerous precedent, Brown’s statement continued, “that straw purchasers like Danzy are not a danger to society, despite the fact that his alleged actions directly led to the murder of a Chicago police officer and left another in critical condition.”
Chicago has some ridiculous levels of crime, and lefties like Lightfoot often blame the police and don’t realize that their “compassionate” policies often allow crime to flourish.
There have been a lot of tensions between Mayor Lightfoot and the police since she took office.
“For two and half years that she’s been mayor, she has vilified the police,” Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara told Fox News on Monday. “And now because the political climate says the defund policy and the police maybe aren’t the enemy, now she has to pivot and now she has to be our best friend? It’s too damn late.”
Catanzara’s comments come amid rising tensions between Chicago police and Lightfoot, who on Sunday said her city’s police officers are “flawed”—just one day after an assailant murdered 29-year-old officer Ella French in Chicago’s South Side…
…Lightfoot has been a leading proponent of police reform, pushing for civilian oversight of the city’s department and a “co-responders” program in which mental health professionals would respond to some emergency calls. As a mayoral candidate, Lightfoot also said she would address the Chicago Police Department’s “fraught relationship with minority communities, stemming from historical racism, decades of mistreatment, and unconstitutional and questionable policing practices.”
Under Lightfoot’s leadership, Chicago has experienced a record spike in violent crime: There have been 2,021 shooting victims in the city so far this year—a 9 percent increase compared with the same time span last year and a more than 50 percent jump from 2019, according to data compiled by the Chicago Tribune. In the wake of the city’s violent protests following the murder of George Floyd last year, the mayor oversaw a surge of retirements among Chicago’s police force.
Source: Washington Free Beacon
This entire situation has been so disrespectful to Officer French and it isn’t going to do anything to mend the fences between the cops on the ground and the Mayor and the Top Brass.