Officer Ella French and her partner conducted a traffic stop on Saturday night, August 7, as a male suspect opened fire on them. French succumbed to her injuries after the pair were rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, while the other officer remained “fighting for his life.” Authorities said French was the first Chicago police officer fatally shot since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office three years ago.

Former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy claimed that the send-off of fallen Chicago police Officer Ella French was rushed by the department’s No. 2 official. It showed a countrywide lack of support for police officers from government leaders.

“The officers here in CPD and probably across the country … feel under attack by politicians and the public,” McCarthy spoke to Fox News. “Most of them feel like they’re not being supported by their leadership.”

Per the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago police officers who gathered at the medical examiner’s office on Saturday night to send their slain colleague a final send-off are outraged with Carter.

Chicago First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter, the department’s second in command, told officers who were conducting the Saturday night sendoff for French that “we’re not waiting on the bagpipes. Go ahead and get the vehicle inside,” because “we don’t have 20 minutes for this —-.” He insisted that the Chicago Fire Department ambulance transporting French’s body be taken straight to the medical examiner’s office, skipping the Emerald Society’s traditional bagpipe playing.

“Take it all the way inside. Do not stop,” he continued.

Lightfoot backed the Carter, describing him as an “incredible public servant” and a “dedicated veteran” who does not deserve to be attacked.

“What people don’t like is that he wasn’t part of the friends-and-family program. He did his job and came up through the ranks and worked his tail off and, now he’s the first deputy,” she said.

However, Garry McCarthy described the time-honored tradition surrounding a Chicago police officer’s death in the line of duty as “sacred.” It’s not only sacrilege for the department’s second-in-command to ignore it, but it’s also an “inexcusable” affront to the rank-and-file cops Carter is in charge of, he said.

“It’s so important, the sacred nature of rituals, certainly within policing,” McCarthy said. “If there’s an excuse for what happened, then maybe, you know, Eric should talk about it publicly himself. … I think it’s all damage control at this point.”

McCarthy further noted out that the superintendent called French by the wrong name, further discouraging the officers. McCarthy also reported that the police did not draw their weapons as traditionally practiced.

“That’s probably the result of a policy that was put in place for every time you draw your weapon, you have to do a report about it,” he concluded. “Policing is entirely under attack, and that’s why we have a 100% increase in the murder rate.”

McCarthy responded when asked about Carter’s order to speed up the process, “There’s always enough time. Let’s put it that way. If we had to wait two or three days, I would have done it.”

In addition, when asked if Carter can regain the respect of rank-and-file police, McCarthy replied, “It would be a stretch to think that they would want to get behind a leader who doesn’t respect something that sacred.”