Chicago cop killed

August 9, 2021
Chicago cop killed

They come to work willing to run toward danger, toward gunfire … And they’re willing to sacrifice their lives to save the lives of perfect strangers.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown on the Chicago police force after an officer was wounded this weekend and another killed – the first female Chicago police officer to die in the line of duty in more than 30 years.
  • The officer killed: 29-year-old Ella French.
  • The shooting happened during a traffic stop on Saturday night.
  • Someone in the vehicle opened fire on the officers; there was an exchange of fire and a suspect was also shot.
  • All suspects are currently in custody.
  • French's partner remains in the hospital with serious injuries; he's reportedly married and a father to a young son.
  • Big Picture: At least 47 people were shot over 24 hours this weekend in Chicago, including the two officers. This includes two mass shootings (often defined as a shooting with 4 or more victims, excluding the shooter).
  • Important context: "… before Saturday, the last female Chicago police officer to be shot to death in the line of duty was Irma Ruiz, who died in September 1988, when she was shot inside an elementary school on the Near West Side."
  • Ella's brother, an Iraq war veteran, shared this: “My sister’s always been a person of integrity. She’s always done the right thing even when nobody’s looking. She’s always believed in people and believed in doing the right thing. … She’s always believed in taking care of people that can’t take care of themselves. She was a humanitarian. She believed in human rights. She was one of the officers on the force that thought they needed reform."

by Jenna Lee,