You can’t build your administration around asserting that the lives of criminals matter more than those of police officers and expect anything else.
Mayor Lightfoot’s response to the crime wave unleashed by BLM riots hasn’t been to support the police, but to demand more gun control.
At the ribbon cutting event, Lightfoot pointed part of the blame at Congress, but said she’s glad to have a president in office that finally “gets it.”
“We are seeing historic levels of violence, what more is it going to take?” Lightfoot asked. “And yet, we see people in Congress sitting on their hands and not doing anything.”
After two officers were shot, one fatally, the cops at the hospital, including the father of the murdered officer, made their feelings for her plain.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot was given the cold shoulder by CPD rank and file about midnight Saturday at the University of Chicago Medical Center when she approached them on the 7th floor as they grappled with the shootings of two fellow officers.
Chicago Police Officer Ella French was shot and killed during a traffic stop Saturday night in West Englewood, while her partner continues to fight for his life at the hospital. Three people are in custody.
Just moments before about 30 officers turned their backs on the mayor, Lightfoot tried to talk to the male officer’s father, who himself is a retired Chicago police officer. He clearly wanted nothing to do with Lightfoot, according to two sources who were there. The father excoriated the mayor and blamed her for what had happened. One source said Lightfoot handled herself well as the father yelled at her.
How hard is it out there for Chicago cops?
So far this year, Police Supt. David Brown said Sunday, 38 officers have been shot at, and 11 have been hit by gunfire.
This is what the front line looks like.