A Democrat from Illinois received a very frosty welcome when she visited police officers in hospital.
About 30 Chicago Police Department officers reportedly turned their backs on Mayor Lori Lightfoot when she arrived on Aug. 7.
A photo that went viral on social media shows the incident. Dozens of officers can be seen standing near the information desk. They are all alert and facing away from the main entrance in unison.
Here is your police turning their backs on Lightfoot speaking at the hospital. Use at your leisure sir Alderman pic.twitter.com/GX2NzVEss6— Irishlords (@Irishlords1) August 8, 2021
Alderman Raymond Lopez (D) took the opportunity to criticize Lightfoot’s policy to cut $80 million from the annual police budget.
“Chicago, this [expletive] has got to stop now,” he commented on Twitter.
The pointed remarks came after the mayor tried to pay her respects for Ella French who was shot dead during a traffic stop on Aug. 7. She also came to wish a speedy recovery for her male work partner who was in a critical condition.
The male officer’s father was not pleased to see Lightfoot, and repeatedly blamed the Democrat for his son’s suffering.
BL understands French is the first Chicago police officer shot dead since the mayor took office more than three years ago. Three suspects have been detained but their names were still undisclosed at the time of publication.
Police Superintendent David Brown confirmed background checks revealed one of the three individuals was convicted of robbery back in 2019.
It has been a deadly weekend for the Windy City, with dozens of gunshot incidents reported. Thirteen people are dead and a whopping 73 are injured. Chicago police recorded 54 shootings between 6 p.m. on August 6 and midnight Aug. 8.
Brown revealed the number of police officers targeted in shootings has jumped, with a total of 38 officers were shot since the beginning of 2021. This compares to 79 shot or wounded officers in calendar 2020, representing a 500 percent rise in the number of officers shot in the previous year, according to Fox News.
The mayor’s press office denied any responsibility for the high number of shootings.
“The mayor is focused on healing the wounds and will reject any and all that try to use this moment to drive further divisions in our city,” a representative said in a statement obtained by the broadcaster.
The office stressed it was time for the city to “come together” to support tougher gun control measures.
“In a time of tragedy, emotions run high, and that is to be expected,” the representative said. “We have a common enemy and it is the conditions that breed the violence, and the manifestations of violence–namely illegal guns, and gangs.”
Lightfoot announced a day of mourning and ordered all flags to fly at half-staff on Aug. 8.
“This constant strife is not what we need in this moment,” she said.