Chicago Mayor Forgets Name of Slain Officer

Chicago Mayor Forgets Name of Slain Officer
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Last night at a budget forum, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot couldn’t even get the name of slain police officer Ella French correct, calling her “Ella Franks.”

This comes after the Chicago Police Department’s Supt. David Brown called her “Ella Fitzgerald” twice earlier this week, and First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter (the department’s second-in-command) demanded that the ambulance carrying French’s body head straight to the medical examiner’s office, bypassing a “sacred” bagpipe procession usually held for fallen officers.

“We don’t have 20 minutes for this s**t,” Carter can be heard saying on a recording. Lightloot later backed the decision.

It’s all sending a clear message to rank and file police officers in Chicago: leadership doesn’t have your backs. And they’ve taken note; just days ago, the force turned their backs to Lightfoot when she went to the hospital where French’s partner was in critical condition.

If Chicago’s leadership can’t even remember two words, what can they do?

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