Police Official Skipped ‘Sacred’ Ritual for Slain Chicago Cop: ‘We Don’t Have 20 Minutes for This S***’


Officer Ella French lost her life in service to the city of Chicago. After she was shot to death, one of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s top police officials skipped a “sacred” ritual for fallen police officers, saying simply, “We don’t have 20 minutes for this s***.”

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, First Deputy Police Superintendant Eric Carter — the Chicago Police Department’s second-in-command — is in trouble with the rank-and-file after he refused to allow the traditional playing of bagpipes for French outside the medical examiner’s office.

French was fatally shot during a traffic stop Saturday, CNN reported. She was fired upon after stopping a vehicle with three occupants at roughly 9 p.m.

Two officers were hit as they returned fire; one of the attackers also suffered a wound and was taken to the hospital. French, 29, died of her injuries at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

“Officer French died in service to our great city,” said Philip Cline, executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. “A small part of every one of us died when we lost Ella, not just members of the police department, but every Chicagoan.”

“We did not lose just an exceptional police officer; we lost a remarkable person. One with courage and compassion, one who made a positive difference every day of her life.”

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