Emotional Ella French Vigil for Our Fallen Hero

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Officer Ella French, 29 of the Chicago Police Department’s ‘End of Watch’ occurred on August 7th, 2021 when she was brutally shot and killed during a routine traffic stop. Her partner Officer Carlos Yanez, Jr. is clinging to life having suffered gunshot wounds to his eye, shoulder, and brain, where a bullet remains lodged. They are the latest casualties in left-wing America’s ongoing war against its own police forces. On August 17th, ten days after her death and an insultingly tepid, half-hearted response from the Chicago City Government the final emotional public vigil was held for Officer French. Ella left behind her parents, a brother, and a one-month-old baby.

According to Chicago’s CBSLocal,  Emonte Morgan, 21, and his brother Eric Morgan are being held and charged in the murder of Officer French. They reported,

“Emonte Morgan, aka Monte Morgan, is charged with one count of first-degree murder of a peace officer, two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

His brother, Eric Morgan is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice; accused of trying to dispose of the murder weapon, before he was detained by a group of civilians not far from the scene of the shooting.”

Fox32 reports that a Chicago Police Commander shared his thoughts about French during the vigil that took place in North Lawndale, Il.,

“There are very few officers that I meet a long the way that are very enthusiastic, really want to work hard, do the best they can for the community. And most of all, be there for their fellow officers. Ella French was one of them,” he said.

Chicago PD And Mayor Lightfoot Show Lacking Leadership, Little Respect

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago PD Superintendent David Brown and First Deputy Police Superintendent Eric Carter have shown such a lack of respect and honor for the fallen Officer Ella French that it is no surprise that Lightfoot found herself confronted by “15 or 20” officers according to her claim who turned their backs on her. (That looks like more than 15 or 20)

Officer Ella French, Not “Frank”, Not “Fizgerald”

On August 12th Lightfoot couldn’t manage to even get Officer French’s name right, calling her “Ella Frank” during a budget meeting.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police was not at all amused by the off-hand and disrespectful way Lightfoot not only wielded her name but misnamed her in the process. This followed only days after Superintendent Brown misnamed Officer French as “Ella Fitzgerald” twice during a press conference about the investigation into her murder. Seeming to cross her name with that of a prominent Jazz singer who passed away in 1996.

“The offender who is charged with first degree murder of Ella Fitzgerald,” Brown said at one point during the press conference.

“The gun used in this shooting and this murder of Ella Fitzgerald was illegally possessed,” he said at another point.

The icing on the cake was Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s angry presser where she scolded the media and critics on social media for daring to question her on her city’s treatment of police…and she lightly backhanded them again in the process… It was absolutely shameful. She told the press,

“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.”

Officer French was laid to rest with full honors on August 19th. Though the City authorities in Chicago couldn’t seem to be bothered with the particulars. The people of the United States have been clearly touched by the loss of Officer French and mourn with her family and brothers and sisters in blue. If Chicago politicians are going to bother to #SayHerName, the should at least have the respect to get it right.

 

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