Eric Morgan, 22, right and Emonte Morgan, 21, left, are charged in connection with the death of Ella French, 29, inset (Picture: AP/Facebook)
Two brothers have been charged over the death of Chicago police officer Ella French, 29, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Saturday evening.
Emonte Morgan, 21, is accused with pulling the trigger of the gun which killed French while his elder brother, Eric Morgan, 22, is the accused accomplice in her death.
On Monday, Emonte was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon by the Chicago Police Department.
Eric, meanwhile, faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.
Chicago police officers leave flowers at a memorial for slain officer Ella French (Picture: AP)
Officer Ella French was killed on Saturday evening in Chicago (Picture: Chicago Police Department/Facebook)
The pair are due in court for a bail hearing on Tuesday afternoon having been initially arrested over French’s murder on Saturday.
Officer French and her unnamed partner stopped a vehicle with two men and a woman inside just after 9pm on Saturday, on Chicago’s South Side. The car allegedly had expired license plates, prompting police to pull them over.
When the two officers approached the car a male passenger opened fire, said Chicago Police superintendent, David Brown.
Investigators said the officers had demanded one of the suspects get out of the car.
There was a physical altercation and the suspect then opened fire, shooting both officers. The cops returned fire, striking the passenger who appeared to fire back at them, said Brown.
When asked about the condition of the injured officer, Brown said: ‘Critical. We need your prayers.’
French’s death was the first fatal shooting of a Chicago officer in the line of duty since the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, took office in 2019. French has also become the first female officer fatally shot on the job in the windy city in 33 years.
The Morgans’ arrest comes as police who were gathered at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where French’s on-duty partner was being treated, turned their backs on Lightfoot.
The mayor has been criticized for how in October 2020 she called for an $80 million cut to her city’s police budget.
Alderman Anthony Napolitano – himself a former cop – said that while he did not see Lightfoot as anti-police, she needed to shoulder the blame for encouraging defund the police activists which he says has left the city’s cops badly demoralized.
Emonte Morgan, 21, is accused of murdering Ella French
Eric Morgan, 22, faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice
Napolitano told the Chicago Sun Times: ‘I never saw her as an anti-police advocate. But I will put this 550 percent on these socialists and these progressives in the City Council. This blood is on their hands, without a doubt.
‘They’re the ones who created this whole anti-police movement that has made these brazen acts of violence against police officers (possible) – 39 this year alone.
‘This is created by them. This whole defund and disrespect movement that they have started.’
Also on Monday federal prosecutors charged an Indiana man with purchasing and then illegally supplying the semi-automatic handgun that was used in the shooting.
Jamal Danzy, 29, of Hammond, is accused of buying the weapon from a license gun dealer in March, and then providing it to an Illinois resident who Danzy knew could neither buy nor possess guns because of a felony conviction.
At the time of French’s death, both of the Morgan brothers were on probation in relation to separate criminal cases.
Emonte pleaded guilty to robbery in Cook County court last year. He also has other criminal charges on his record, including minor traffic offenses such as leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle without a license and driving uninsured.
Eric Morgan pleaded guilty to theft in Dane County, Wisconsin, according to public records.
A large crowd of officers gathered outside the hospital’s ambulance entrance overnight, some hugging and praying, as Lightfoot first addressed the shooting to reporters nearby.
Lightfoot said the officer who died ‘was very young on the job, but incredibly enthusiastic to do the work.’
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