ÖOfficial Ella French’s funeral was held in Chicago on Thursday. French was shot dead at a traffic stop earlier this month. A sea of police attended her funeral in front of the St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was present. There were no celebrities or congressmen in attendance. Unlike her fellow police officers, Officer French was buried with far less fanfare than George Floyd.
The difference? The French actually saved at least one black life and probably many more. Floyd, a professional criminal, harmed people. He pleaded guilty to an armed robbery in 2007 in which he threatened a woman with a gun that he aimed at her abdomen. According to the police report, he did so in the presence of a toddler.
On July 1, French helped save the life of one month old Terriana Smith, who was shot dead in a mass shooting in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago in July. French helped Smith after she was shot. She accompanied her on a stretcher and took her to the emergency room.
“Everything will be fine. We got this together. Don’t panic, ”French was quoted as saying by Charles McKenzie, Smith’s uncle. “’Hey, everything will be fine, I’ve got you. We are here together. I will not leave you. ‘”
This is just one example of the undoubtedly many times Officer French came to the rescue or helped save black lives. Still, there hasn’t been any fanfare from any of the cadres who routinely talk about the importance of this life. No celebrity sponsored the funeral. No entertainer spoke out in favor of them. No Congress politicians attended her funeral. French did more to save the lives of black people than any of them. However, French’s funeral was not televised nationwide. French only had one funeral. There was no golden coffin for her.
Incidents like this should add to the fraud committed by the Black Lives Matter movement. At a time when the heads of the organization are fighting for the plight of African Americans in the country one minute and buying millions of dollars in the next, the true champions and protectors of black life go unnoticed and are vilified. Officer French helped save more innocent black lives in her community than any of the scammers now paraded across the country and pretended to take care of it. Still, French was buried today without fanfare – a sharp contrast to Floyd.
It is time to stand up for the heroes of our society. We must stop martyrs who have long harmed their communities against those who have tried to protect them. Officer French deserves a hero’s funeral. Instead, it will most likely be forgotten in a week, if not sooner.