Chicago Cops Turn Backs to Democrat Mayor after Female Police Officer Killed
Policer officers blame Mayor Lori Lightfoot for spiralling violence & anti-cop sentiment
Chicago police officers turned their backs in protest against Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot after a female cop was shot and killed over the weekend.
Cops acted in solidarity in blaming the mayor as she arrived at the hospital after one officer was killed and another critically wounded, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Female officer Ella French was shot and killed Saturday night during a traffic stop just after 9 p.m.
Her male partner was also shot and hospitalized in critical condition.
When Lightfoot arrived at the hospital where the officer remains in critical condition, more than two dozen Chicago police officers reportedly turned their backs when greeted by the mayor.
Police officers have been gathering at the University of Chicago Medical Center where their colleague is fighting for his life.
As Lightfoot visited the hospital about midnight Saturday, about 30 officers turned their backs to her when she approached them on the 7th floor, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday morning.
"It looked like it had been choreographed," a source told the outlet.
Here is your police turning their backs on Lightfoot speaking at the hospital. Use at your leisure sir Alderman pic.twitter.com/GX2NzVEss6— Irishlords (@Irishlords1) August 8, 2021
The male officer’s father, who is a retired Chicago cop, also gave the mayor an earful when she tried to talk to him, sources told the Sun-Times.
She reportedly remained calm and attentive while he blamed her for what happened.
The mayor's press office provided a statement to Fox News, saying, "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," the statement read.
"As the mayor stated yesterday, 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 Mayor is focused on healing the wounds and will reject any and all that try to use this moment to drive further divisions in our city."
Scene outside the hospital in Chicago last night, with @Chicago_Police officers packed in patch to patch following the shooting that killed their sister and critically wounded their brother. #EnoughIsEnough #FidelisAdMortem pic.twitter.com/bOWUaZQv55— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 8, 2021
Dozens of shooting incidents across Chicago over the weekend left 13 people dead and 73 injured.
In the period beginning Friday at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight Sunday, the Chicago Police Department recorded 54 shooting incidents, statistics show.
Chicago Police Department Supt. David Brown said Sunday that French, her partner, and another officer were fired upon after approaching a vehicle with three occupants during a traffic stop in West Englewood on Saturday.
Three suspects are currently in police custody.
Lightfoot declared Sunday a day of mourning and called for all flags to be flown at half-staff.
In an earlier statement, she told critics of her treatment of police to "just stop."
"There are some who say we do not do enough for the police and that we are handcuffing them from doing their jobs.
"There are others who say we do too much for the police and that we never hold them accountable for what they do, particularly in black and brown neighborhoods," Lightfoot said.
"All of this, I say, stop. Just stop.
"This constant strife is not what we need in this moment.
"Of course, we have to continue the journey to achieve constitutional and accountable policing.
"That cannot be in debate at this point."
Lightfoot concluded her statement by calling on Chicagoans to "say thank you" when they see a police officer in public, adding, "We owe them a debt of gratitude that we will never truly be able to truly repay."