Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s top cop have both mispronounced slain officer Ella French’s name, in a series of blunders as they clash with front line officers over the deadly shooting.
Lightfoot called her ‘Ella Franks’ Thursday night, and Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown called her ‘Ella Fitzgerald’ twice earlier this week.
That’s on top of denying French an honor guard bagpipe procession from the hospital to the morgue, a customary and symbolic act of respect for an officer killed in the line of duty.
French, 29, was gunned down in a shootout while conducting what seemed like a routine traffic stop on Saturday.
Her partner, who has not been named, was wounded but survived.
After French was pronounced dead at the hospital on Saturday night, French’s body was transported by ambulance to the medical examiner’s office, and fellow officers were prepared to line the streets and play the bagpipes.
But First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter banned it.
He told the EMTs driving the ambulance to carry on straight to the medical examiner’s office for the autopsy to be carried out, saying: ‘We don’t have 20 minutes for this s**t.’
That same night, Lightfoot – who previously supported calls to defund the city’s police – showed up at the hospital to offer her support to the families of French and her wounded partner.
Cops who were still there turned their backs on her when she arrived and there were reports that the mayor forced her way into the facility.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Christopher Eberhart and Jennifer Smith