CHICAGO (CBS) – A video has surfaced on social media showing someone destroying a memorial to the fallen Chicago policewoman Ella French, who was shot dead at a traffic stop in West Englewood on August 7th.
Videos on Twitter posted on a now-deleted page show someone trying to knock down a memorial in the Thompson Center with a “Back The Blue” wreath and a photo of French people.
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When the attempt to knock over the memorial was unsuccessful, the filming person snatched the photo of French from the stand and clenched it as he left.
– Chicago 16th and 17th district police scanners (@ CPD1617Scanner) August 21, 2021
The Chicago Police released the following statement regarding the incident:
Officer Ella French will live in our hearts forever. She was kind, respectful, compassionate, brave, loyal, dedicated, selfless. The exact opposite of this pointless vandalism.
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The video also sparked outrage online, people calling it a shameful and disgusting act.
The footage was released on Twitter just a day after Officer French was buried.
A police source told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot that a woman from Chicago is linked to the incident, which is a grade 4 crime.
It was not immediately clear on Saturday afternoon whether she had been arrested or charged.
Chicago police said the Illinois police were investigating the vandalism inside a state government building.
Illinois police said they were aware of the incident and are investigating it.
CBS 2 tried to contact the woman linked to the Twitter account that posted the original video, but our efforts were unsuccessful.
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The memorial has since been removed from the location shown in the video.