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


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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