More than two dozen Chicago police officers reportedly turned their backs on Mayor Lori Lightfoot on the 7th floor of the University of Chicago Medical Center Saturday night when she came to visit a critically wounded officer.
Officer Ella French was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Saturday evening and her partner was critically wounded. French had just returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a daughter.
“The police officers’ decision to turn their backs on the mayor while waiting with the family on the 7th floor was significant,” Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara told the Chicago Sun-Times after a massive number of officers showed up at the hospital to support their fallen comrades.
“Turning their backs on the mayor was an excellent example of how the hundreds of police officers felt waiting outside the hospital,” he added. “They have had enough and are no longer going to remain silent anymore.”
The mayor had been warned not to come to the hospital but did so anyway for a photo-op. The Chicago Police Department rank and file proceeded to let her know exactly how they felt by giving her the cold shoulder, according to the Sun Times. And they were not alone.
Here is your police turning their backs on Lightfoot speaking at the hospital. Use at your leisure sir Alderman pic.twitter.com/GX2NzVEss6
— Irishlords (@Irishlords1) August 8, 2021
Scene outside the hospital in Chicago last night, with @Chicago_Police officers packed in patch to patch following the shooting that killed their sister and critically wounded their brother. #EnoughIsEnough #FidelisAdMortem pic.twitter.com/bOWUaZQv55
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 8, 2021
The mayor attempted to speak to the angry father of the wounded officer at the hospital and he yelled at her while she silently stood there and took it. Alderman Anthony Napolitano tore into Lightfoot.
Napolitano, who is a former cop, stated, “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,” he raged.
“These pieces of s**t 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,” Napolitano declared.
As the mayor proceeded to try and say a few words to other grieving officers, they all walked away from her to the other side of the room and turned their backs on her.
“They did the about-face — it looked like it had been choreographed,” claimed one person who called it “astounding.”
One person said that Lightfoot appeared shaken and then went downstairs to talk to the press.
(Video Credit: Fox News)
Two brothers have been charged with French’s murder as the city’s police blast Lightfoot over the horrific killing.
Emonte Morgan, 21, is being 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, is being charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.
The charges were announced by the Chicago Police Department Monday evening.
The mayor’s office said in a statement: “The mayor was present at the emergency room to offer support and condolences to the families involved and the hundreds of line officers and exempts who were there, which she did. 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.”
“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. 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 statement concluded.
Chicago police officers were heavily supported on social media:
God bless them.
— We WIN LIBS LOSE (@usa67us) August 9, 2021
“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
The Mayor wants to be feared
It’s time for Chicago to elect thoughtful compassionate but pro law and order leadership
— Giorgio Latte (@LatteGiorgio) August 9, 2021
How did she get elected to begin with. I mean really. How????
— RaiderMike75 (@Mike75Raider) August 9, 2021
The Central Ohio Police Families Association stands in solidarity with Chicago LEO families.💙Sending you all our love and support during this time. #FamilyInAll50States
— Central Ohio Police Families’ Association (@OhioFamilies) August 9, 2021
Good! The whole force should resign and come to the south where we value and treasure our law enforcement officers! #BackTheBlue
— ADT (@Andi4GOP) August 9, 2021
Back the BLUE!
— Dman (@Dru8484) August 9, 2021
God Bless, prayers go out for Officer French, her family, her beautiful new born daughter who will never know the touch of her mother again. And a speedy recovery for Officer French’s partner who did everything he could to do his job well, honorably & good.
— George Washington (@GeorgeWahingto8) August 10, 2021
Every citizen in Chicago should turn their back on the mayor.
— JD Hulk (@hulk_jd) August 9, 2021
Chicago police- we stand with you and against those who trash those who work their lives away , literally for the citizens of Chicago. They can turn their backs on anyone they want- she wasn’t wanted there- she doesn’t care for the police.
— Irish Kat Brennan (@kmcbrennan) August 10, 2021
Good for them! Lightfoot is a thorn in Chicagos side. Nothing but tragedy from that lady.
— Erica Jane Fleming (@erica3boyz) August 9, 2021
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