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Chicago Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot has claimed that guns and “the violence they bring” are to blame for the death of Chicago police officer Ella French.
French, a 29-year-old mother, was shot and killed over the weekend during a routine traffic stop. She is the first officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty since Lightfoot took office in 2019, and the first officer to be killed since 1988.
“Today is an official day of mourning for the city,” Lightfoot’s official Twitter account posted Sunday. “We lost a young officer. I offer my condolences to her mother, brother, family, and friends. Please keep this officer, the officer in the hospital, and CPD in your prayers.”
“Some say we don’t do enough for the police. Others say we do too much. All of this must stop. We have a common enemy: it’s guns & the violence they bring,” she continued. “Two young people did what we asked of them: service over self. And one paid with her life.”
“Devoted officers reported for duty today despite their fears & pain. These officers deserve to make it home safely today and every day,” she added.
French was and killed during a traffic stop, with another officer left in critical condition on Saturday night.
The New York Post reports:
According to police accounts, French and two other officers had just stopped a vehicle at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue when one of its three passengers began firing. Officers returned fire, injuring one of the passengers, while the two cops were shot.
All three suspects were apprehended, but their names have not been released. One member of the group had a 2019 robbery on his criminal record, which is “not extensive,” [Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown] told reporters.
“It seems that neither of the three offenders have extensive [criminal] background,” he said.
In wake of the tragedy, Lightfoot ordered a day of morning and all flags to be lowered to half-staff.
During a press conference, Lightfoot also called for peace following French’s death.
“There are some who say that we do not do enough for the police and that we are handcuffing them for doing their jobs,” Lightfoot said, according to Fox News. “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. But to all of this, I say, ‘stop, just stop.’ This constant strife is not what we need at this moment.”
“Of course we need to continue the journey to achieve constitutional and accountable policing,” she continued. “That cannot be a debate at this point. But let me also reiterate what I’ve said before and what I know to be true. The police are not our enemies. They’re human, just as we are. Flawed, just as we are. But also risking their lives every day for our safety and security.”
Over the weekend, at least 8 people have been killed in shootings, with another 65 wounded across the city, according to CBS Chicago.
Messages of mourning and praise flooded social media in honor of French.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police posted on Facebook, “Late last night 2 of our own were shot. We lost a sister in blue. Officer Ella French was murdered while conducting a traffic stop with her partners. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, and co-workers. The 2nd officer is still fighting for his life. Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts.”
Chicago police released a statement on Twitter, saying:
“Police Officer Ella French
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We will#NeverForget the true bravery she exemplified as she laid her life down to protect others. Please hold her family, loved ones and fellow Chicago Police officers in your thoughts as we grieve the loss of this hero.
Please also pray for her wounded partner, who is in the hospital fighting for his life. We’re asking for everyone to lift up this officer and his family as we pray for his recovery.”
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