The mother of the two brothers accused of murdering a Chicago police officer was arrested Wednesday following a physical altercation with cops at a hospital where one of her sons is recovering from a gunshot wound.
Evalena Flores, 41, mother of Emonte, 21, and Eric Morgan, 22, both accused of killing officer Ella French, reportedly kicked a security guard in the groin at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
She then went on to allegedly wrestle with Chicago officers guarding Emonte, who has been charged with first-degree murder and is being treated for a gunshot to the abdomen during a shootout following French’s murder.
Flores appears to have Facebook Live-streamed her attempt to get into Emonte’s hospital room, posting videos under the pseudonym “Marsia Outofthebox Braidy,” according to the Daily Mail.
A woman in the video, appearing to be Flores, is wearing clothing that match mugshots taken after her arrest; Chicago police have also said that the live stream videos are “of interest to our investigation.”
During one, Flores is heard demanding of nurses, “I want to see my son, Emonte Morgan.” Afterward, she runs past nursing staff while yelling, “Monty! Monty!” and “Don’t touch me!” after she is stopped by police and hospital security staff outside her son’s room.
While both brothers have been charged in the murder of French, 29, Emonte is alleged to have actually pulled the trigger.
In a statement lasting about two minutes during a video taken in her vehicle, Flores said that her sons’ stories are not being adequately portrayed by the media, adding that she couldn’t say much about the incident just yet.
“My boys are not monsters,” she claimed. “I don’t believe a damn thing CPD (Chicago Police Department) says, and I can guarantee you this. My boys were afraid. I’m afraid … We fear our police here. We don’t trust them.”
Another video that lasts about a minute shows Flores getting on an elevator, while a third one that lasts for about four minutes shows her attempt to get past nurses, security, and police officers to see her son, as well as her eventual arrest.
“Stop. Please, stop,” officers and security can be heard telling Flores as she approaches them. “Let me see my son!” she yells in response.
At one point the video goes dark but Flores can still be heard demanding to see her son and telling Emonte that she loves him.
After the video picture returns, there is a momentary glimpse of Flores in handcuffs. The conversation between her and the arresting police officers is also recorded as they escort her out of the facility. She also admits to carrying mace.
In a statement, Chicago Police described what happened.
“Flores’s attempt was thwarted by the actions of two Chicago Police Officers and Christ Hospital Public Safety Officers who were on scene,” the statement said.
“As Flores attempted to push her way past the officers, she kicked a Christ Hospital Public Safety Officer in the groin. Flores continued to resist efforts to take her into custody while demanding to her son,” the statement continued.
Her live stream videos were uploaded on Tuesday, the same day Chicago PD released video footage of the shootings on Saturday in which French was killed and her partner critically wounded during a traffic stop.
The name of the other officer, who remains in a hospital intensive care unit, has not yet been released.
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