TWO suspects have been arrested and charged with the murder of Chicago Police officer Ella French.
French was killed during a routine traffic stop on August 7, 2021.
Who are Emonte and Eric Morgan?
Emonte and Eric Morgan were named as the two brothers charged with the murder of officer French.
The men were ages 21 and 22-years-old.
Emonte Morgan, 21, is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
His brother, Eric Morgan, 22, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.
The charges were announced by the Chicago Police Department on August 9, 2021.
The brothers are due in court for a bail hearing on August 10, 2021.
Who was Chicago Police Officer Ella French?
Police officer French joined Chicago’s Community Safety Team in 2018.
The 29-year-old cop and her male partner carried out the traffic stop at around 9pm on August 7 near 63 and Bell in West Englewood.
According to police, the car was carrying three people, two men and a woman.
Someone inside the vehicle opened fire on the police officers during the stop, with the cops returning fire.
One of the people in the car was wounded during the exchange of fire.
French was the first Chicago police officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office in 2019.
What did people say about Ella French’s death?
“Despite the shock, grief, pain, and sorrow we feel this morning, our brothers and sisters in blue put the uniform on each and every day. They go to work risking everything to serve the people of Chicago,” Brown said.
“They’re willing to sacrifice their lives to save the lives of perfect strangers.”
“This evening, Chicago mourns the loss of one of its bravest and finest. And we have another officer who is struggling and fighting for his very life,” Chicago police first Dep Supt Eric Carter said.
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot declared a day of mourning and called for all flags to be flown at half staff.
Lightfoot said: “The officer who succumbed to her injuries was very young on the job, but incredibly enthusiastic to do the work.
“This is a very tragic and sad day for our city, and pray for officers the men and women of this department.
“They deserve our prayers every single day that they can return home safely to their families, unfortunately that didn’t happen tonight.”
French’s brother, Andrew, told the Chicago Tribune that his younger sister – long before joining the police department – always thought of others before herself.
“My sister’s always been a person of integrity. She’s always done the right thing even when no one’s looking,” her brother, an Iraq war veteran, told the outlet.
“She has some attributes that you don’t find in this world anymore. God took the wrong kid.”