Carol Yanez Sr., the father of cop who survived shooting that killed Ella French, speaks during her wake on August 18 and said people in attendance ‘will never forget Ella or the other officers who came before her or my son. But the people will because they don’t feel the pain we feel’
The father of the Chicago cop left partially paralyzed in last week’s shooting that killed his partner blamed the tragedy on embattled mayor Lori Lightfoot, saying her police reforms prohibit cops from drawing their weapons until it’s too late.
‘She wants police to fight crime with a hand tied behind their backs, and you can’t fight evil crime, brute force, with one hand tied behind their backs,’ said the dad of Carlos Yanez Jr., also named Carlos, who retired from the force.
During an August 7 traffic stop, two brothers allegedly opened fired, killing French and seriously wounding his son, who is paralyzed with two bullets still lodged in his brain.
Evidence from prosecutors showed both French and Yanez Jr. did not draw their weapons before they were shot.
Yanez Sr. said his son had little choice but to keep his weapon holstered, calling it one of many policy changes that embolden criminals and rendering police sitting ducks, according to the The Chicago-Sun Times.
‘There wasn’t a day that I didn’t draw my weapon, have it behind my leg or behind my thigh,’ Yanez Sr. told the paper.
The controversial mayor’s police reforms haven’t made a dent in the WIndy CIty’s skyrocketing crime numbers.
Data from August showed murders in the city were nearly the same as the number reported last year, but shootings increased by 15 percent and the number of people shot in the city rose by nearly 10 percent year-over-year.
Chicago Police Department said that there were 105 homicides recorded in the month of July.
Carlos Yanez Jr. (left) with his mother and father – Carlos Yanez Sr., a retired Chicago police officer (right)
Carlos Yanez Jr. released video from hospital bed, saying ‘I love you all. To my son CJ and my wife Brenda, I do this all for you’, before blowing air kisses towards the camera
Eric Morgan (left) and Emonte ‘Monty’ Morgan were said to have been driving with expired license plates, prompting police to pull them over
Yanez and his partner, 29-year-old Ella French, (pictured) were shot in the West Englewood neighborhood on August 7
DailyMail.com reached out to Yanez Sr. on social media on Thursday morning, but French’s funeral was scheduled for 10am local time.
French, 29, was killed by a single shot to the head and Yanez Jr., 40, who released a video from the hospital, was struck in the head, eye and shoulder.
Yanez Sr. told The Chicago Sun Times that his son doesn’t want to see the mayor because Junior is ‘no fan’ to ‘put it mildly.’
Yanez Jr.’s sister Nicole Christina, a doctor, is coordinating her brother’s medical care team and sending written updates.
According to her latest messages, she said her brother lost an eye, is out of the intensive care unit and has some ‘sensation,’ but ‘no movement on left side of his body or right leg.’
The father of one has made ‘some intentional twitches of movement in three limbs he is not able to move,’ she wrote.
‘Junior’s sentences are getting longer. Sometimes, his voice gets a little louder. Mood improves when he can twitch a leg muscle. There was a twitch in his left shoulder,’ Christina wrote in her 11th update.
On Wednesday, his family put out a video of him moving from his hospital bed to thank supporters for ‘your donations and your prayers’ in an emotional video which shows him recuperating in a hospital bed.
‘I love you all’, he says. ‘To my son CJ and my wife Brenda, I do this all for you’, he adds before blowing air kisses towards the camera.
His family set up a GoFundMe to help cover medical costs.
Police officer Carlos Yanez, 40, has released a moving video thanking supporters and donors as he recuperates after being shot and paralyzed in the line of duty in Chicago on August 7
Chicago crime wave’s latest victim: Retired special ed teacher, 67, is killed in cross-fire on her way home from White Sox game
A special education teacher was killed in the crossfire of a Chicago expressway shootout Tuesday evening as gun crime in the city continues to soar.
Denise M. Huguelet, 67, was shot at around 10pm on the city’s Dan Ryan Expressway, while she and her husband were on their way home from a White Sox game.
The mother of five and grandmother of 11 was later pronounced dead at a hospital from a gunshot wound to the back.
Her death came as shootings in the city have increased 12 percent this year, with 2198 reported as of August 17 compared to 1968 during the same period last year, according to city crime statistics.
Meanwhile Mayor Lori Lightfoot has remained largely silent on the latest shootings.
Huguelet’s was the was the 156th such shooting to take place on Chicago’s expressways this year, outstripping last year’s total of 128 in the same period, and tripling the 52 reported in 2019, according to the Chicago-Sun Times.
Yanez was shot multiple times in the face and shoulder after he and partner French approached a car during a what-appeared-to-be a routine traffic stop.
The situation reportedly spiraled out of control when one of the people in the car did not to cooperate and refused to place his drink and cell phone on the ground.
‘Monte Morgan exited that vehicle with a drink in one hand and a cell phone in the other. He refused repeated instructions to set those items down,’ said Risa Lanier, Interim First Assistant State’s Attorney, Fox 32 reported.
‘He began physically jerking his arms away from those officers.’
Morgan then pulled a .22 caliber handgun on the officers and fired several shots towards the pair, hitting French in the head and Yanez in the right eye and shoulder.
‘Defendant Monte Morgan fired multiple shots, striking both Officer French and Victim 2. After being fired upon and struck, Officer French and Victim 2 both fell to the ground between the stopped car and the curb,’ Lanier said.
The shooter was later neutralized by officers who arrived on the scene as back up.
French ad Yanez had their guns holstered the ‘entire time’ of of the incident, prosecutors said.
Most of Yanez Jr.’s face and eye socket were fractured during the shooting. He received surgical treatment to repair it.
‘We remain hopeful for a miraculous recovery but have to prepare for what’s to come,’ the GoFundMe said.
Meanwhile, over a thousand people – including first responders and civilians from all over the state – walked into St. Rita Cascia Shrine Chapel Wednesday to pay respects to French.
Yanez Sr. spoke during the wake and said people in attendance ‘will never forget Ella or the other officers who came before her or my son.’
Yanez is seen in a photo on the GoFundMe page which revealed he is facing a ‘potentially lifelong disability’
‘But the people will because they don’t feel the pain we feel.’
Mario Ponce and Abel Mercado, who both worked with French when she was a Cook County sheriff’s correctional officer, told The Chicago Sun Times that were heartbroken to have to visit one of their own at such a young age.
‘You could feel the energy from her just looking down on law enforcement and other first responders,’ Ponce told the paper.
‘It was a sad moment, but it was good to see everyone come together as one to support not only her, but her family.’
The two brothers allegedly responsible for killing French and paralyzing Yanez Jr. were arrested.
Emonte Morgan was charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
Over a thousand people attended Ella French’s wake on August 18, which included first responders, civilians and fellow officers from around the state
Chicago police officers gather to remember Ella French, who was shot and killed in the line of duty, during her wake on August 18
Eric Morgan was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and obstruction of justice.
But an ABC 7 report found that Emonte was actually supposed to be behind bars that day.
Emonte has been connected to a hit-and-run case from April in which a walker was struck in a crosswalk and sent flying against a stop sign.
According to ABC 7, Morgan didn’t stop driving until he struck a parked car nearly a mile and a half away.
He was freed on a personal recognizance bond in the wake of the hit and run – despite being on probation for a 2019 robbery conviction at the time.
French’s death was the first fatal shooting of a Chicago officer in the line of duty since 2018 and the first female officer fatally shot on the job in 33 years.
She was one of 10 people killed and 64 wounded by gun violence throughout the city last weekend as the city continues to suffer from high crime rates.
Chicago police union boss John Catanzara told Fox News that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had to shoulder some of the blame for French’s death due to the city’s soft stance on crime.
Lightfoot had also been criticized for incorrectly referring to French as ‘Ella Franks’ and siding with First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter in dismissing a traditional bagpipe service for French outside the medical examiner’s office.
Carter allegedly said ‘We don’t have 20 minutes for this s**t.’