According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Police officers turned their backs as Mayor Lightfoot (D) entered the hospital after a Chicago Police officer was killed and another was fighting for life. Two suspects were identified and apprehended.
Officer Ella French was shot and killed Saturday just after 9 pm, and her male partner was shot and in the hospital in critical condition.
When Lightfoot arrived at the hospital, “30 officers” turned their backs, noted the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Sun-Times pointed out, “Lightfoot tried to talk to the male officer’s father, who himself is a retired Chicago police officer.” The officer’s father “clearly wanted nothing to do with Lightfoot,” suggested sources at the hospital.
Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara spoke about the officers turning their backs to Lightfoot, saying, “The police officers’ decision to turn their backs on the mayor while waiting with the family on the 7th floor was significant. Turning their backs on the mayor was an excellent example of how the hundreds of police officers felt waiting outside the hospital.”
Catanzara told Fox News that Lightfoot was told not to go to the 7th floor as that was where the critically wounded officer’s family was waiting for news from doctors. Lightfoot went anyway, leading Catanzara to believe “[the Mayor] still thought she knew best and went up there against the advice of family.”
Lightfoot’s office released a statement on Monday; she reacted to the officer’s reaction saying, “In a time of tragedy, emotions run high, and that is to be expected.”
The two male suspects have been charged: Emonte Morgan, 2, faces charges of “first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.”
Eric Morgan 22 faces charges of “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.”
During the weekend in Chicago, at least 72 people were shot, 11 of them fatally.
The Chicago Sun-Times pointed out 41 of the weekend shooting victims were shot during a ten-hour window of time that began at 7 p.m. Saturday. Five of those 41 victims succumbed to their wounds, including Officer French, who was shot during the deadly ten-hour time frame.