More than two dozen Chicago police officers reportedly turned their backs on Mayor Lori Lightfoot when she arrived late Saturday at the hospital where an officer was critically injured.
Officer Ella French, 29, of the Chicago Police Department, was shot and killed during a traffic stop Saturday night, while her partner is fighting for his life at the University of Chicago Medical Center. When Lightfoot approached the officers on the 7th floor of the hospital around midnight Saturday, they turned their backs on her, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday morning.
“It looked like it had been choreographed,” a source told the outlet.
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara told the Sun-Times, “The police officers’ decision to turn their backs on the mayor while waiting with the family on the 7th floor was significant. Turning their backs on the mayor was an excellent example of how the hundreds of police officers felt waiting outside the hospital. … They have had enough and are no longer going to remain silent anymore.”
According to the Sun-Times, the male officer’s father, a retired Chicago cop, also gave the mayor an earful when she tried to speak with him. While he blamed her for what happened, she reportedly remained calm and attentive.
The mayor’s press office provided a statement to Fox News, saying, “In a time of tragedy, emotions run high and that is to be expected.”
“The Mayor spoke to a range of officers that tragic night and sensed the overwhelming sentiment was about concern for their fallen colleagues,” the statement read. “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.”
Alderman Anthony Napolitano, a former cop, blasted the Chicago City Council, saying:
I never saw her as an anti-police advocate. But I will put this 550 percent on these socialists and these progressives in the City Council. This blood is on their hands, without a doubt. ‘They’re the ones who created this whole anti-police movement that has made these brazen acts of violence against police officers [possible] — 39 this year alone. This is created by them. This whole defund and disrespect movement that they have started.
These pieces of s*** are the ones that created this and talk anti-police. And they’re the ones begging for more police in their communities. They’re the biggest hypocrites. They disgust me.
Over the weekend, dozens of shootings occurred throughout Chicago, killing 13 people and injuring 73 others.
Beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. Statistics show that the Chicago Police Department recorded 54 shooting incidents between Monday and Sunday, ending at midnight Sunday.
Supt. David Brown of the Chicago Police Department said Sunday that French, her partner, and another officer were fired on after approaching a vehicle with three occupants during a traffic stop in West Englewood on Saturday. Three suspects are currently being held by police.
Lightfoot declared Sunday a national day of mourning and ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff. In a previous statement, she urged critics of her treatment of police officers to “just stop.”
“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,” Lightfoot said. “All of this, I say, stop. Just stop. This constant strife is not what we need in this moment. Of course, we have to continue the journey to achieve constitutional and accountable policing. That cannot be in debate at this point.”
Lightfoot concluded her statement by calling on Chicagoans to “say thank you” when they see a police officer in public, adding, “We owe them a debt of gratitude that we will never truly be able to truly repay.”
Chicago police officer Ella French, 29, was killed in the shooting. Emonte Morgan, 21, was “charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer, attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.” His brother, Eric Morgan, 22, was “charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice,” The Daily Mail reported.