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Lightfoot Caught on Audio Calling FOP Vice President a 'Clown' During City Council Meeting

The FOP later released a statement calling the comment “a misguided and dangerous thing to say to a 30-year veteran police officer and FOP representative"

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    Lightfoot Caught on Mic Calling FOP VP a "Clown"

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is apologizing after a hot microphone caught her calling a police union official a "clown." NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest details. 

    (Published Wednesday, July 24, 2019)

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was caught on audio calling a member of the local Fraternal Order of Police a “clown” during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

    Just as FOP Lodge 7 First Vice President Patrick Murray was being called to speak during the meeting, Lightfoot could be heard saying on a live stream Facebook feed “Oh, back again. This is this FOP clown.”

    The microphone’s audio was still hot in the live stream of the meeting.

    Lightfoot acknowledged the remark in a press conference after the meeting, saying “It was not appropriate for me to say that out loud.”

    Lightfoot Caught on Audio Calling FOP Vice President a 'Clown' During City Council Meeting

    [CHI] Lightfoot Caught on Audio Calling FOP Vice President a 'Clown' During City Council Meeting

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was caught on audio calling a member of the local Fraternal Order of Police a “clown” during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

    (Published Wednesday, July 24, 2019)

    “I’m sorry that I said it out loud,” she said.

    The FOP later released a statement calling the comment “a misguided and dangerous thing to say to a 30-year veteran police officer and FOP representative, particularly at a time when the city is facing such chronic violent crime.”

    Murray was at the meeting to discuss a decision by the Chicago Police Board, which voted to fire three police officers and a sergeant in the alleged cover-up in the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

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    [CHI] Lightfoot Announces Overhaul of Chicago's Fines, Fees Structure

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot and City Clerk Anna Valencia on Tuesday announced an overhaul to Chicago's method of collecting fines and fees that disproportionately affects the city's low-income neighborhoods. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.

     

    (Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019)

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