Chicago police officers turned their backs on Mayor Lori Lightfoot when she visited a hospital after two of their colleagues were shot, one fatally — and a former cop has blasted progressive politics for the loss of life.
Officer Ella French, 29, is the primary Windy City cop killed since Lightfoot grew to become mayor in 2019, however the metropolis’s officers have confronted a surge of gunfire previously two years.
French and her associate have been hit by gunfire on town’s South Side on Saturday after pulling a automobile over for expired plates, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Emonte Morgan, 21, and his brother Eric Morgan, 22, each convicted felons, have been charged within the brazen assault.
On Saturday, about 30 rank-and-file officers gave Lightfoot the chilly shoulder when she confirmed up on the University of Chicago Medical Center and approached them as they stood vigil, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
When Lightfoot tried to speak with the injured officer’s father, himself a retired cop, he lambasted the mayor and blamed her for what occurred earlier within the day, two sources on the scene advised the newspaper.
And when she then tried to consolation the grieving officers close by, they walked away and turned their backs on her, the sources advised the outlet.
“They did the about-face — it looked like it had been choreographed,” one of many sources mentioned, including that the show was “astounding.”
Lightfoot, who one supply mentioned appeared shaken, then headed downstairs to talk to the media in regards to the shooting.
“The police officers’ decision to turn their backs on the mayor while waiting with the family on the 7th floor was significant,” John Catanzara, the top of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police, advised the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Turning their backs on the mayor was an excellent example of how the hundreds of police officers felt waiting outside the hospital,” Catanzara mentioned, including that police now not assist her management.
Meanwhile, metropolis Alderman Anthony Napolitano, a former metropolis cop and firefighter, mentioned he didn’t consider Democrat Lightfoot was completely anti-police — however that progressive politics are responsible.
“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,” Napolitano told the Sun-Times.
“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,” he mentioned.
Alderman Matt O’Shea, Lightfoot’s hand-picked chairman of the City Council’s Aviation Committee, mentioned he was not stunned at how she was given the chilly shoulder on Saturday.
“They’re at a breaking point. Clearly, our police officers have been under siege, under-appreciated and thrown under the bus for the last year and a half. They feel — and rightfully so — that leadership across this country, across this city do not have their back,” O’Shea advised the Sun-Times.
“Anybody who was working Saturday night as those calls came over the radio and they learned of what had happened to their colleagues — that’s a tipping point. And it’s a tipping point that many of us have been waiting to happen as the unbelievable violence we see in communities all across this city, where criminals have absolutely no regard for human life, no fear of the consequences of their actions,” he mentioned.
“To shoot at point-blank range two Chicago police officers. We are a city in crisis,” O’Shea added.
When requested what message Lightfoot ought to get from the disdain proven by the rank-and-filers and the wounded cop’s father, he mentioned: “I would hope she gets an understanding that police officers across this city feel that leadership does not have their back. That’s what I’m hearing. That’s what I’ve been hearing for a long time.”
In an announcement launched Monday, the mayor’s workplace mentioned that Lightfoot “was present at the emergency room to offer support and condolences” however admitted that “emotions run high.”
“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,” it mentioned.
“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 assertion added.