Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability Tries To Suspend Murdered Police Officer

The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) recently reported their recommendations for disciplinary action for the officers who were involved in a 2019 incident. While all the officers received a recommendation, one stood out about the rest because she was killed in the line of duty three months ago.

A Massive Oversight

COPA's public report stated Officer Ella French should be given a three-day suspension for her role in a drug raid from February 2019. The raid was executed on the wrong address, and a social worker was handcuffed naked in her own home.

According to WGN, the sergeant in charge was recommended for termination, while the COPA recommended that the rest receive disciplinary action. Officer French was one of those listed in the recommendation.

The COPA report said, "Officer French – COPA has considered Officer French's complimentary history, her lack of prior disciplinary history, and her over three years of service to the Department, and her status as PPO at the time of the incident in mitigation."

“Officer French failed to timely activate her body-worn camera and failed to document the detention and search of the male and his vehicle in an Investigatory Stop Report. Accordingly, COPA recommends a 3-day SUSPENSION."

COPA Report

However, the young officer was shot and killed at 9:10 p.m. on August 7, during a traffic stop on South Bell Avenue. Rightly so, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President, John Catanzara, wants an apology for "intentional harm caused to Ella's family, friends, and co-workers." This oversight on the part of a civilian committee is a spit in the face not only to Officer French's family, but officers everywhere who risk their lives daily.

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