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Heartbreaking Bodycam Of Chicago Cop Elle French’s Murder Played In Court [VIDEOS]

In a courtroom drama that left no heart untouched, bone-chilling bodycam footage of Chicago cop Ella French’s fatal shooting was played this week. The cries of a desperate colleague pleading, “Stay with me,” reverberated through the courtroom, leaving officials, family members, and attorneys horrified.

The footage, presented to determine its admissibility in the upcoming murder trial of Emonte Morgan, painted a grim picture of the events that unfolded in August 2021. As shots echoed, Officer French, just 29 years old, lost her life, while her partner, Officer Carlos Yanez Jr., sustained grave injuries, gasping for air in the line of duty, as reported by NBC Chicago.

The anguished plea of “French, Yanez. Stay with me,” resounded repeatedly, a stark reminder of the heart-wrenching reality captured on French’s bodycam.

Officer French, hailed as a dedicated officer with three years of service, tragically succumbed to her injuries, while Officer Yanez endured weeks of agonizing hospitalization, bravely battling gunshot wounds to his eye, brain, and shoulder.

John Catanzara, president of the local lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, witnessed the devastating footage alongside the fallen cop’s grieving relatives. He boldly declared that the video exposed “a cold-blooded murder and attempted murder of two officers, and it’s irrefutable.”


However, lawyers representing the accused shooter, 23-year-old Emonte Morgan, sought to limit the audio from the videos. These attorneys argued that certain statements during the altercation were unfairly prejudiced against their client, citing hearsay statements, according to the Sun-Times.

Prosecutors fired back, assuring that they had already muted certain audio deemed potentially prejudicial, including unspecified remarks made by Officer Yanez in the aftermath of the attack.

Furthermore, prosecutors insisted that jurors have the right to hear the statements of the third officer at the scene, Officer Joshua Blas, as he reacted to witnessing the appalling shooting of his fellow comrades.

Judge Ursula Walowski firmly ruled that these statements were of utmost relevance to Morgan’s impending criminal trial, set to commence on Monday with the commencement of jury selection.

John Catanzara, unwavering in his pursuit of justice, emphasized that the footage unequivocally demonstrated the absence of excessive force leading up to the tragic shooting. “It was as textbook a traffic stop as you can have — up until the point that it wasn’t,” he declared.

It’s worth noting that Morgan’s brother, 25-year-old Eric Morgan, ultimately pleaded guilty in October, facing charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, and obstruction of justice. As the gavel came down, he was sentenced to a deserved seven years behind bars.

As we delve into the harrowing details of this case, let us honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our communities. May justice prevail for Officer Ella French, her wounded partner Officer Carlos Yanez Jr., and all the courageous officers who stand firm against the darkness that threatens our society.

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