Cubs Fan With Sign Honoring Fallen Officer Ella French Ejected From Stadium


Chicago, IL – Law enforcement supporters were outraged on Monday night when a baseball fan holding a sign that read “RIP Officer Ella French” was escorted out of Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs faced off with the Chicago White Sox less than 24 hours after the officer was murdered during a traffic stop, and the reasons for his ejection aren’t clear.

The fan’s eviction from the Cub’s stadium did not go unnoticed on Aug. 9, and pictures went viral of the man holding the sign in memory of 29-year-old Chicago Police Officer Ella French being escorted from the stands.

“So, someone holds up [a sign] in honor of a Chicago police officer shot and killed in the line of duty, and they’re escorted out of the stadium. But people can hold up signs, and players can wear shirts supporting #blacklivesmatter, and no one says a word,” former New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Bernard Kerik tweeted.

Officer French was shot at about 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the 6300-block of South Bell Avenue, according to WLS.

Investigators said there were three occupants inside the suspect vehicle – a female and two males, according to WBBM.

One officer was standing near the passenger’s side door of the suspect vehicle and another was standing near the driver’s side door when a male in the back seat opened fire on them, sources told the news outlet.

“Officer down,” an officer radioed around 9:10 p.m., according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I got an officer down,” a police dispatcher alerted. “Six three and Bell, officer down, officer down, shot twice, shot at police, officer down.”

An officer yelled out just before the dispatcher issued another directive, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Give me two ambulances, two ambulances needed for two officers down, two officers down … Get those officers wrapped up going to six three and Bell. I want a perimeter set up three blocks, north south, east, west.”

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