Chicago cops are furious over fallen Officer Ella French’s tribute being reportedly rushed by Chicago First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter, who proclaimed there wasn’t time to do a traditional sendoff.
“We’re not waiting on the bagpipes” because “we don’t have 20 minutes for this s**t,” Carter, the department’s second-in-command, admonished officers who were conducting the sendoff for French on Saturday night, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
He allegedly ordered the Chicago Fire Department ambulance carrying her body to proceed to the medical examiner’s office, bypassing the Emerald Society’s bagpipe procession in French’s honor. “We’re not waiting on the bagpipes. Go ahead and get the vehicle inside. Take it all the way inside. Do not stop,” he said in a recording.
Former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy argued there’s always time to honor a fallen police officer.
“There’s always enough time. Let’s put it that way. If we had to wait two or three days, I would have done it,” he asserted on Fox News’s “The Story” on Wednesday. He contends that it indicates a nationwide lack of support for police officers from government leaders which specifically includes Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
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“The officers here in CPD and probably across the country … feel under attack by politicians and the public,” McCarthy noted on Wednesday. “Most of them feel like they’re not being supported by their leadership.”
He also said that “it would be a stretch to think that they would want to get behind a leader who doesn’t respect something that sacred.”
Lightfoot backed Carter’s call on Wednesday after originally stating during a news conference that reports detailing Carter’s quote were false.
“There was no official honor guard that night. There was, let me choose my words carefully, [a] well-meaning but not well-organized group that wanted to hijack the procession. Which would have meant that the family would have been delayed exponentially in getting to the morgue,” the mayor remarked.
“Given the new restrictions that the new coroner has put in place, that wouldn’t have been fair to them. … So, a call was made under those circumstances to focus on the family. Eric Carter made the right call. I support what he did. And I’m horrified that, in this moment, people are trying to savage him for whatever agenda or purpose,” the Democrat added.
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McCarthy, on the other hand, stated that he was “not sure” Carter’s call was necessary at all.
“It’s so important, the sacred nature of rituals, certainly within policing,” he noted. “If there’s an excuse for what happened, then maybe, you know, Eric should talk about it publicly himself. … I think it’s all damage control at this point.”
McCarthy also commented that Carter called French by the wrong name which also incensed officers. It’s also being reported that officers were ordered not to draw their weapons as is the tradition during a sendoff.
“That’s probably the result of a policy that was put in place for every time you draw your weapon, you have to do a report about it,” McCarthy concluded. “Policing is entirely under attack, and that’s why we have a 100% increase in the murder rate.”
A large number of police officers, who were at the University of Chicago Medical Center on Saturday to show support not only for French but for her critically injured partner, turned their backs on Lightfoot as she approached.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 10, 2021
French, 29, was shot and killed and her partner was critically injured during a traffic stop on Saturday. Three suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder.
Chicago police were not the only ones furious over Carter’s command:
He needs to answer for his conduct and behavior to the city council. @RLopez15thWard
— Geranorm (@Covidweary) August 11, 2021
The head of the department can’t remember her name. The 2nd in command decides there is no need to extend to her the same respect accorded other fallen officer. The whole dept is a mess.
— Man w/o a Plan (@MidWestMet) August 11, 2021
— Froilan Nuñez (@Coach_Orioles) August 12, 2021
Lori caught lying Eric Carter caught being a heartless douche both need to go. pic.twitter.com/pvdwU2yGdd
— Purplehippo🟣🦛 (@Purplehippo312) August 11, 2021
CPD 1st Deputy Eric Carter is on the scanner saying:
"We're not waiting on the bagpipes!"
"We don't have 20 minutes for this s—"
Doesn't sound like it was about COVID protocols.
— Anna Davlantes (@AnnaDavlantes) August 11, 2021
Sounds like Carter may need some retraining in proper and customary CPD time honored traditions.
— Steve (@Steve04897622) August 11, 2021
We heard the tape. Definely calling BS on @chicagosmayor‘s statement!
— Lovey, Princess Puffy Pants ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶ 🐈 (@LoveyPuffyPants) August 11, 2021
I am so appalled.
— Mrs6440 (@Mrs6440) August 12, 2021
He needs to submit his retirement papers now.
— Geranorm (@Covidweary) August 11, 2021
They back up each other up with lies! They all need to get out ASAP!
— El Grafiko (@daurbanconsumer) August 11, 2021
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