Chicago deputy police superintendent reportedly interferes with Honor Guard escort of fallen officer

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CHICAGO, IL – Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is defending her Deputy Police Superintendent for attempting to stop, and then rushing, the honor guard escort of fallen Chicago officer Ella French.

Eric Carter, the Chicago Police Department’s second in command, tried to stop the department honor guard escort of fallen officer Ella French’s body from Cook County Hospital to the county medical examiner’s building Sunday.

Carter told the honor guard and paramedics :

“We’re not going to be waiting on the bagpipes. Go ahead and get the vehicle inside

“Take it all the way inside (of the medical examiner’s building). Do not stop.”

Chicago officers who gathered at the Medical Examiner’s office to give the fallen hero proper respect are reported to be furious over the actions of Carter, who said, “We don’t have 20 minutes for this sh–.”

He demanded the Chicago Fire Department ambulance bearing French’s body be taken directly into the medical examiner’s office, skipping the Emerald Society’s traditional playing of bagpipes.

Carter’s words were captured and recorded on a police scanner.

The Mayor stood by Carter’s decision, saying rushing the honor guard was meant to avoid “exponentially delaying” the family of the fallen officer:

“I support what he did. There was no official honor guard that night. There was, let me choose my words carefully, (a) well-meaning but not well-organized group that wanted to hijack the procession.

Which would have meant that the family would have been delayed exponentially in getting to the morgue.

“Given the new restrictions that the new coroner has put in place, that wouldn’t have been fair to them. … So, a call was made under those circumstances to focus on the family.

Eric Carter made the right call. I support what he did. And I’m horrified that, in this moment, people are trying to savage him for whatever agenda or purpose.”

 

Mayor Lightfoot’s claim that the rushing of the traditional ceremony to honor a fallen officer was delayed by Medical Examiner’s Office restrictions was apparently untrue.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday that rules for processions haven’t changed since the pandemic began:

“First responders have always gathered in the office parking lot and dock to pay respects to fallen police officers and firefighters. … At no time did personnel from the Medical Examiner’s Office try to impede officers or bagpipers.”

Despite the denial by the Medical Examiner, Mayor Lightfoot blamed the media for politically attacking Carter:

“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.

 “It’s really hard when the media becomes ferocious in propagating a story that’s just not true. Eric Carter deserves our respect and our thanks for his service — both as a Marine and now, as a police officer for many, many years.”

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the ritual followed by officers for a fallen comrade “sacred” and that Carter’s actions were “inexcusable”:

“When Cliff Lewis got killed and his fiancée came to the hospital, I took her into another room, and I sat her down and explained to her what had occurred. And she completely lost it. When I say lost it, she was basically rolling around on the floor.

“You know what I did? I was on the ER floor of Christ Hospital rolling around with her trying to hold onto her and comfort her. The sensitivity of an officer being killed. The handling of the family. The handling of the body. It’s kind of sacred.”

McCarthy said the failure of Carter to recognize the importance of the honor guard and the attempt to speed up the ritual was inexcusable. He said Carter has lost the respect of his men:

“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.

“It would be a stretch to think that they would want to get behind a leader who doesn’t respect something that sacred.”

Officer French, 29, was killed and another officer seriously injured in an exchange of gunfire during a traffic stop Saturday. Two brothers from Chicago have been arrested and charged in the murder.

Emonte Morgan, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, as well as attempted murder and other charges. Eric Morgan, 22, faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and obstruction of justice.

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Two brothers and third suspect captured in murder of Chicago police officer, shooting of second cop

August 10, 2021

 

 CHICAGO, IL – A third suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of one Chicago Police officer and non-fatal shooting of another earlier in August, with officials identifying the officer that was killed while conducting a traffic stop.

Two suspects have been charged, and a third is not charged due to lacking evidence, regarding the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Chicago Police Officer Ella French and the non-fatal shooting of her partner that occurred on August 7th.

Officials have confirmed that 21-year-old Emonte Morgan has been charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

The second suspect charged in the incident was identified as 22-year-old Eric Morgan, who was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.

Both Emonte and Eric Morgan, who are brothers, are slated to appear in court on August 10th for their respective bail hearings.

One of the two Morgan brothers were shot during the incident and was last stated as being stable after being transported to the Christ Hospital.

According to officials, the original traffic stop that preceded the shooting was merely over expired plates on the suspect’s vehicle.

The third suspect, who was only identified as a female passenger inside of the vehicle with the two suspects during the incident on August 7th, has not been charged due to officials citing lacking evidence of criminal culpability in the shooting of the officers.  

Chicago police Supt. David Brown noted that investigators are focused on the Morgan brothers for Officer French’s killing and the injury of her partner, saying:

“There’s one reason that this happened. One reason. These two offenders killed Ella French and tried to kill [the second and third officer] there. That’s the only person we’re pointing the finger at today. I won’t entertain finger-pointing at anyone or anything else. They need to be fully held accountable for her murder.”

However, federal prosecutors have charged another individual who allegedly purchased the weapon that was used during the incident that killed Officer French and wounded her partner.

On August 9th, federal prosecutors charged 29-year-old Jamel Danzy for reportedly buying the gun used during the August 7th incident in Hammond, Indiana, in March and then later providing that weapon to an individual in Illinois that Danzy knew could not buy or possess a firearm.

The Chicago’s U.S. attorney’s office confirmed that the weapon connected to Danzy was recovered from the scene where Officer French was killed, and her partner was severely injured.

Danzy appeared in federal court on August 9th under charges of conspiracy to violate federal firearm laws, knowingly transferring a firearm to an out-of-state resident and knowingly disposing of a firearm to a convicted felon.

While Danzy may not have been the trigger-man, he could be facing up to five years in federal prison for the charges he’s facing.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John R. Lausch, Jr., stated the following about the case against Danzy:

“Straw purchasers and firearm traffickers enable violence with deadly consequences. Fighting violent crime is a top priority in our office, and we are committed to holding accountable those who engage in illicit firearm transactions.”

Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the ATF, Kristen de Tineo, made the following statement regarding the matter:

“Tragedies like this happen when people straw purchase firearms on behalf of those who are prohibited from purchasing and possessing firearms themselves. ATF remains committed to working with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate these firearms trafficking schemes and prosecute those responsible.”

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.
 

 

 

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