This past weekend, Chicago Police Officer Ella French was shot and killed in the line of duty. Another officer also was shot and is fighting for his life. The criminals who allegedly did have been taken into custody and charged accordingly. The weapon allegedly used to shoot the officers was recovered.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Police Supt. David Brown and some alderman have said, in reaction to the shootings, that now is a time for our city to come together. But I have to ask: Where is the outrage?
If this situation were reversed and the officers had shot the people in the car, there would be protests and marches. The same groups that find the time to protest an officer-involved shooting, where are they? Why are they silent?
An officer was killed and another officer fights for his life. Yet we hear and see nothing from those groups. Why? The hypocrisy is stunning.
Richard Barber, Mount Greenwood
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What supporting cops means
I have a question with respect to Ald. Matt O’Shea’s assertion that Chicago police officers are “under siege, under-appreciated and thrown under the bus.” Given that Mayor Lori Lightfoot, in my opinion, is fighting tooth and nail against police accountability, and given that $280 million of the city’s COVID relief funds and 40% of the city budget go to the police department, I have to wonder what O’Shea and the police would consider a supportive environment.
They seem to believe they should be held to a different standard than the rest of us, with “support” meaning “no accountability and no criticism.”
Katie Hannon, Albany Park
The toughest job in the world right now seems to be convincing knuckleheads that the COVID-19 vaccination really works and anything said to the contrary is illogical, untruthful and reprehensible. Just like our ex-president.
Bob Ory, Elgin
Florida, Texas and COVID-19
Texas and Florida are requesting federal help to deal with a surge in cases of COVID-19. Unbelievable! Legislators there didn’t seem to request or need or require federal help when they advised against people getting vaccinated or wearing masks.
Edwina Jackson, Washington heights