Hot Mic Busts Chicago Mayor Trash-Talking Police Union Rep.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot refused to apologize for her comment, but admitted she should not have said it aloud.

Chicago, IL – A live microphone caught Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot calling the police union first vice president an “FOP clown” as he was preparing to speak during the prelude to the city council meeting on Wednesday (video below).

Lightfoot made the comment just after Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) First Vice President Patrick Murray was announced as the next speaker.

The 30-year veteran police officer had come to the meeting to defend a Chicago police sergeant and three fellow officers who were fired for allegedly trying to cover up for now-former Officer Jason Van Dyke after he fatally shot a PCP-fueled teen armed with a knife in 2014.

“Oh. Back again,” the mayor scoffed to her corporation counsel, Mark Flessner, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “This is this FOP clown.”

Lightfoot’s offensive remark was broadcast on the meeting’s livestream, and became a hot topic during the news conference that took place after the city council meeting concluded.

“It was not appropriate for me to say that out loud,” the mayor said.

A reporter asked her if she planned to apologize to Murray or to the union, at which point Lightfoot attempted to argue that her prior comment should have sufficed as an apology.

“I think I just did,” she retorted. “I think I said that I shouldn’t have said that out loud.”

The reporter pressed further, and asked Lightfoot if she was sorry about what she had said, or if she was just sorry that her microphone was on when she said it.

“I’m sorry that I said it out loud,” the mayor reiterated.

The FOP blasted Lightfoot in a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon, and called her comment “contemptuous” and “dangerous.”

“It is also telling that the Mayor would not even apologize,” the FOP noted.

The union then refocused on addressing the reason Murray was speaking at the city council meeting in the first place.

“The red noses, however, belong on the members of the Chicago Police Board, her former agency, for their despicable decision to fire three police officers and a sergeant last week for no good reason whatsoever,” the FOP railed.

The civilian-comprised Chicago Police Board made the decision to fire the sergeant and three officers on July 18, after carefully picking apart details of their reports for anything which could be inaccurate, WBBM reported.

There wasn't enough evidence to bring criminal charges against any of the officers, according to NBC News.

Chicago Police Sergeant Stephen Franko was accused of approving the three officers’ reports about what occurred that night, even though they allegedly contained “misleading and false” information, according to WBBM.

At least one of the reports he approved falsely indicated that Officer Van Dyke was injured by McDonald during the encounter, NBC News reported.

According to the board, Officer Janet Mondragon, Officer Ricardo Viramontes, and Officer Daphne Sabastian all “depict[ed] a scene in which Mr. McDonald was the aggressor and Officer Van Dyke the victim – a depiction squarely contradicted by reality,” CNN reported.

“Put simply, the officers wanted to help their fellow officer [Jason Van Dyke] and so described the incident in a way to put him in the best possible light,” the board alleged.

The board found that the three officers “failed in their duty – either by outright lying or by shading the truth,” WBBM reported.

“All three patrol officers violated that duty by describing the alleged threat posed by Mr. McDonald in an exaggerated way, while omitting relevant facts that support the opposite conclusion,” the board ruled.

According to the board, Officer Viramontes told a detective that McDonald was still holding a knife and tried to get up and move after he was shot, but video footage from the scene contradicted his account, NBC News reported.

Officer Mondragon told investigators she was putting her patrol vehicle into park when the shooting occurred, and said she hadn’t seen what had happened, the board said.

The board ruled that she was lying because video footage showed her patrol vehicle in motion during the first four seconds of the officer-involved shooting.

Officer Sabastian was fired for allegedly failing to explain the “precise” timing of the events she witnessed when the shooting occurred, including failing to note that McDonald was walking away from some of the officers at the time.

The civilian board voted unanimously to fire Sgt. Franko, Officer Mondragon, and Officer Viramontes, and voted 8-1 to fire Officer Sebastian.

The board’s decision went into effect immediately, but the now-former sergeant and officers have the right to appeal the matter in Cook County Circuit Court.

You can watch footage of the mayor's remark about Murray in the video below:

Comments (41)
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Yep I Agree...
Yep I Agree...

That was NOT an apology.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

She's not sorry she said it; she's sorry she was caught saying those words. Just like her opponent in the previous election, she's anti law enforcement and is one of the reasons Chicago has become the shithole that she has to deal with today.

Although we all know she's more than willing to blame the sky high crime rates on the members of law enforcement, instead of the historically poor democratic leadership in the city, including her term....

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

CPD, take a few weeks vacation, let it burn!

shooter
shooter

I'm not going to say ANYTHING negative about this person...because if I did, I would probably be branded a racist.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The po-po's had to be fired. They lied.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

This is the mayor who blames police for crime instead of blaming the black criminals who are responsible for 90 % of the crime

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Unfortunately for Chicago, she's nothing but a joke as Mayor. When she took office, remember she immediately dismantled the police protection detail. She's had it in for CPD from the get-go! She needs to apologize and mend the fence or move out and on!

Jones24
Jones24

If it were the other way around, she would have had her own media circus. She a clown!

question evrything
question evrything

this is for all of you snowflake, copsucking clowns! if you approve of cops beating, shooting, killing, raping, murdering and just being punk ass thugs. then you are NO better than an isis terrorist !!!! the mayor should disband the flop union. they do nothing except protect dirty cops!

61mouse
61mouse

How many cops does she have protecting her

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

No wonder crime infested Chicago continues getting worse when the colored 'leaders' blame the cops and support criminals. Chicago = shithole.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

This B word never apologized. She said she shouldn't have said it "out loud." She has no respect for the police. Like the A hole mayor of NYC, they're the clowns.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Ooh she got caught and still didn’t apologize. She made a general statement l, NOT an apology. Great characteristics of a mayor. Solid evidence that they mayor is bias against officers. Glad I’m not there.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Go find a city run by Progressive Bitches or other Progressive Adam Henries that is thriving with a low crime rate and new residents flocking to the city limits. Can't, it doesn't exist these kinds of people are destroying America.

LynnSB
LynnSB

No you POS it shouldn't have been said at all !!!!!

tink517
tink517

Since when do democrats actually apologize for anything. It's not racist if the stats back you up.

jammars
jammars

shitcago voters ....are morons

RPG156
RPG156

And we thought that Emanuel was the worst... and now, there is a new mayor that can't stop herself from saying stupid and inflamatory things. When was that last Chicago fire? She had better update the FD, because I feel that a resurgence is coming.

KeithK
KeithK

Black mayor sticking up for the thousands of black criminals. Plain & simple. See, we can play the race card too!

61mouse
61mouse

Why doesn't the cops all give their 2 weeks notice??

tfort
tfort

When the union supported Van Dyke, I believe the mayor stated fact.

Here is an idea, DON’T LIE and you will not get fired.