Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was caught in an apparent lie on Wednesday when she blamed “COVID-19 protocols set by the medical examiner” and claimed that “it was not a decision made by First Deputy Eric Carter.”
First Deputy Mayor Eric Carter did indeed make the call which Lightfoot later admitted. The Cook County medical examiner’s office also stated that rules for processions haven’t changed since the pandemic began. Both of those indicate that Lightfoot was lying.
“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,” the mayor claimed.
“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,” she asserted.
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“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,” the medical examiner’s office said in a statement according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Medical Examiner's Office contradicts Mayor Lightfoot's claim that COVID protocols prevented bagpipers from playing to honor Officer French Saturday night. From the Medical Examiner's Office:
— Tahman Bradley (@tahmanbradley) August 11, 2021
Early Sunday morning, police officers gathered in the parking and dock area as usual and bagpipers accompanied the body of Officer Ella French through the parking lot to the dock. At no time did personnel from the Medical Examiner’s Office try to impede officers or bagpipers."
— Tahman Bradley (@tahmanbradley) August 11, 2021
All of this follows dozens of police officers collectively turning their backs on Mayor Lightfoot at the hospital where murdered Officer Ella French’s partner is laying in critical condition. She had been warned not to come but she did anyway and approached the officers as they were praying. They proceeded in letting her know just how much they hold the mayor in contempt.
‘They’ve had enough’: Dozens of Chicago police officers turn their backs on Lori Lightfoot https://t.co/WN03HSGM6g pic.twitter.com/fc1xLmSIEY
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 10, 2021
The rank-and-file are also furious with Carter who deliberately cut the tribute to Officer French short. He was recorded on a police scanner declaring, “We don’t have 20 minutes for this s**t.”
“We’re not waiting on the bagpipes. Go ahead and get the vehicle inside,” Carter commanded the Chicago Fire Department. “Take it all the way inside. Do not stop.” His order was to skip the long-held ritual of the Emerald Society’s traditional playing of bagpipes.
Lightfoot called Carter an “incredible public servant” and a “dedicated veteran” who does not deserve to be vilified.
“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 stated. “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.”
The mayor is incensed at the way the police turned their backs on her. When asked about it, she snapped, “I’m not gonna respond to that. I don’t force my way anywhere. And that’s offensive, frankly, that you would ask me that question. … It really does a disservice to the moment that we’re in.”
She blamed the incident on living at a time when people “don’t respect each other,” have “lost our empathy for one another” and where shooters like the two brothers charged in Officer French’s shooting and the injuring of her partner have “no regard for the sanctity of life.”
“People feel like it is their right to spew hatred at everyone that they don’t agree with or make fun and mock — usually anonymously and cowardly from social media. Not confronting somebody directly. But using the power of the pen and the keyboard to just spew unbelievable hate,” Lightfoot deflected.
“This is a larger question than what may have happened with 10 or 15 officers Saturday night. Why do we think it is OK for people to engage in such nasty, officious talk orally or worse on social media, then have it repeated by media as if it is fact and true? … The media plays a very important role in our democracy. But you lose me when it’s a race to the bottom, and it’s all about the fight and it’s all about the conflict,” she declared.
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!”:
I mean, it's not like they're playing the bagpipes indoors, right?
(That would be a whole other set of protocol violations unrelated to COVID-19)
— Christine Rousselle ❤️🔥 (@crousselle) August 12, 2021
She won’t lift a finger to address this unprecedented crime wave – but brings the hammer down on recognition of a fallen officer. Disgusting.
— Dismas (@DismasTheGood) August 11, 2021
So the ME has the authority to deny the bagpipers who are outside btw from playing? LL has a habit of deflecting whenever a decision goes south on her or her administration. Why not just admit it was a mistake?She is losing credibility and likability
— Tara Jacobsen (@TaraJacobsen1) August 11, 2021
If her lips are moving consider it a lie automatically!
— kaZoo (@xtenplayer) August 11, 2021
She’s lying again…https://t.co/K0liNK6PYX
— NJ (@NoraJane511) August 11, 2021
This bag beetle juice was literally in with 100k mask less people less than 2 weeks ago. She’s awful
— Steven Barnes (@s_barnes_) August 12, 2021
Was this in retaliation to the officers turning their backs on Lori?
— Cape Codder (@centerwrong) August 12, 2021
She’s the Great Deflector
— John O’Sullivan (@utdfan1chicago) August 11, 2021
She’s a lunatic
— Rodney Muterspaw (@chiefmuterspaw) August 12, 2021
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