According to the Chicago Sun-Times, many Chicago police officers turned their backs to the city’s Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot when she arrived at the hospital where the wounded officers were admitted.
A female officer, Ella French was pronounced dead on Saturday during a traffic stop in Chicago and her male partner remains in critical condition.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, around 30 officers turned their backs to Mayor Lightfoot when she arrived at the hospital.
“A source with knowledge of the incident said Lightfoot was scolded while at the hospital by the father of the second officer who got shot. Lightfoot stood there and listened, according to the source. Afterward, Lightfoot tried to approach a few dozen cops who walked away from her and kept their backs turned, the source said. The mayor then walked away, according to the source.” Chicago Sun-Times claimed.
Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara commented on this incident 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.”
The mayor’s office released a statement Monday addressing the incident at the hospital “she was present at the emergency department to offer support and condolences to the families involved and the hundreds of line officers and exempts who were there, which she did.”
“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.”
“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 statement said. “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.”
Lori Lightfoot has a long record of supporting BLM propaganda and the “defund the police” movement and rising crimes in Chicago are evident of such policies.
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