Chicago officer seriously injured, dragged by vehicle near site of Officer Ella French’s reported murder

A Chicago police officer was seriously injured after being involved in a hit-and-run during a routine traffic stop where he was dragged and dropped just miles from where Officer Ella French was shot and killed last week.

The incident occurred Friday night. Officers had stopped a black Chevy Impala at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Englewood. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) told Fox News that while the officers were conducting the stop, the driver put his car in reverse and dragged the officer, trapping him between his vehicle and a viaduct. He was dragged 30 to 40 feet before being dropped.

The officer did manage to fire his weapon after the suspect shot at him during the incident but he did not hit him. Fellow officers slung him over their shoulders and helped him limp to a nearby vehicle after the altercation.

“He had his door open like he was going to jump out of the car,” Teccara Murphy told ABC 7 Chicago. “Flying up 63rd with the door wide open and I thought maybe he was going to get over but he didn’t. He actually swerved into my lane, hit my car, and continued. Flew around the corner like a bat out of hell.”

(Video Credit: ABC 7 Chicago)

“He was hanging out of the car, yes, like hanging,” another witness named Nefatari Fowler stated. “He trying to not crash himself, but hanging out of the car.”

“We seen him coming this way and the door was already open so it was more, ‘what are you doing?’ We were trying to swerve and get away from him,” Fowler asserted.

The officer was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious to critical condition according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The CPD announced Saturday morning that the officer was in “good condition.”

The investigation into the hit-and-run is ongoing. Police found the black Chevy Impala not far from the crash site. No arrests have been made as of the time of this writing.

The hit-and-run occurred just miles from where Officer Ella French was shot and killed during another routine traffic stop. Her partner was shot and critically wounded as well. Both French’s partner and the officer involved in the hit-and-run are at the same hospital.

Chicago police union boss John Catanzara told Fox News that Mayor Lori Lightfoot was partially to blame for French’s death due to the city’s soft stance on crime. Violent crime is skyrocketing in the city and police officers have had their hands tied due to liberal policies.

When the mayor attempted to make an appearance at the hospital where French’s partner lay critically wounded, dozens of officers turned their backs on her.

Lightfoot couldn’t even remember the fallen officer’s name and referred to French as “Ella Franks.” She also hotly defended First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter, who cut short Frank’s traditional sendoff, ordering the Chicago Fire Department to bypass a bagpipe service for the officer outside the medical examiner’s office.

Carter allegedly said, “We don’t have 20 minutes for this s**t.”

Lightfoot originally claimed he did not say that but it is reportedly on a dispatch recording. She also tried to blame the pandemic and the coroner’s policies for cutting the tribute short but the coroner denied her assertions.

Two brothers have been arrested for French’s murder. It turns out that due to lax liberal policies, one of the brothers was released after a hit-and-run. He should never have been on the streets because he violated the conditions of his parole following a robbery. Instead, he was free to murder a cop in the Windy City.

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