Lori Lightfoot Attacks ‘Nasty, Vicious Talk,’ Media After Being Asked About Chicago Cops Turning Their Backs

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Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot attacked the media and “nasty, vicious talk” on social platforms after being asked about a weekend incident that saw Chicago Police Officers, standing vigil over a wounded colleague, turn their backs on Lightfoot during a visit to University of Chicago medical center. Lightfoot has faced harsh criticism in the days since Chicago Police Officer Ella French was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Chicago’s south side. French’s partner, who was also wounded, remains in critical condition at the University of Chicago. Two brothers — two of the three occupants of the vehicle French and her partner pulled over — have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the incident. One of the suspects, Emonte Morgan, is charged with first-degree murder. Journalists cornered Lightfoot during a press conference on the city’s budget, but Lightfoot took the opportunity to berate reporters for their ineptitude rather than answer questions about French’s death. Asked about the incident where a dozen police officers turned their backs on Lightfoot when she showed up to visit French’s partner […] Lightfoot called reporting on the incident “sickening.”

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