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Tragically, a young Chicago police officer named Ella French was murdered when the passengers started shooting during a traffic stop.
It was supposed to be a simple, routine traffic stop. Another officer is fighting for his life.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it was “an official day of mourning for the city.”
This is CPD Officer Ella French. #NeverForget
Say her name. She leaves behind a newborn baby.
She sacrificed her life to protect the citizens of Chicago. Her partner is in critical condition. 🙏🏻for him. #BackTheBlue 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/pXvAxuZIiV
— Sal LaBarbera (@Sal_LaBarbera) August 8, 2021
However, in light of the shooting, Mayor Lightfoot also claimed, “Some say we do too much” for police officers.
She immediately received harsh criticism in return.
Here’s her response:
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.
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 8, 2021
The backlash occurred instantly:
Shut up https://t.co/JZprmdDJsz
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 8, 2021
.@chicagosmayor Guns are NOT the enemy, it’s the human scum that uses them to harm people. Your racism and anti law and order attitude, Kim Foxx and our liberal courts are the common enemy https://t.co/HGn3k6juov
— Chicago guy (@GuyChicago5151) August 8, 2021
You know, I thought it was a reach to place blame at Mayor Lightfoot for the death of Ella French but when she posts scapegoat takes like this instead of meeting the moment & saying as a city, Chicago has to do better dealing with it's crime problem, she sure makes it hard not to https://t.co/GCoZrx47AC
— Forever1984 (@4eva1984) August 8, 2021
The common enemy is you, Lori. Politicizing an officer's death to advance your agenda is poor form and in poor taste. I'm curious if these cops waiting at the hospital had turned their back on you before or after your vapid tweet. https://t.co/JAhwxEMqon pic.twitter.com/QAsrZCDHHR
— Durts McGlurp (@REEckert) August 8, 2021
You’re supposed to be giving your condolences to the family who lost their loved one, a police officer who just gave birth TWO MONTHS AGO and you choose this time to talk about banning guns? Fuck all the way off. Your city is in shambles and it’s not because of guns you idiot https://t.co/ZIt3hNkX8c
— Madison (@prolife_madison) August 8, 2021