Approximately 30 police officers turned their backs on Mayor Lori Lightfoot as she approached them to greet them at the University of Chicago Medical Center Saturday night, just hours after a traffic stop shooting that left officer Ella French (29) dead and another officer in critical condition.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot was given the cold shoulder by CPD rank and file about midnight Saturday at the University of Chicago Medical Center when she approached them on the 7th floor as they grappled with the shootings of two fellow officers.
Chicago Police Officer Ella French was shot and killed during a traffic stop Saturday night in West Englewood, while her partner continues to fight for his life at the hospital. Three people are in custody.
Just moments before about 30 officers turned their backs on the mayor, Lightfoot tried to talk to the male officer's father, who himself is a retired Chicago police officer. He clearly wanted nothing to do with Lightfoot, according to two sources who were there.
The father excoriated the mayor and blamed her for what had happened.
The mayor's office offered this statement:
"The mayor was present at the emergency room to offer support and condolences to the families involved and the hundreds of line officers and exempts who were there, which she did," the mayor's office said in a statement on Monday.
"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."
"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."
So, according to the mayor's office, it is the CONDITIONS that breed violence or "manifestations of violence" ... whatever that means. And this is what she considers "a common enemy" in the war zone formerly known as Chicago.
Chicago recorded 75 shootings last weekend alone, but Lightfoot wants to make sure she's not criticized for what she says or does or DOESN'T DO about crime in her city. She wants to take NO responsibility. She wants to offload blame on everyone else.
Nice try, Lori. Your own police officers certainly don't believe or trust or respect you. And we don't either.
This was a powerful demonstration by these brave officers.
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