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The mother of two men charged with killing a Chicago cop and wounding her partner was arrested after she made an impassioned plea for her sons in a viral video.

Mothers everywhere sympathize with 41-year-old Evalena Flores, who was arrested during a confrontation with Chicago police at Christ Medical Center where she demanded to see her son, Emonte Morgan.

21-year-old Emonte Morgan was shot multiple times during a scuffle with Chicago Officer Carlos Yanez during a traffic stop at S. 63rd and Bell Streets on the city's West Side.

Officer Yanez was also shot multiple times and is in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Officer Ella French was shot in the face when she rushed to assist her partner. French, 29, was later pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Emonte and his brother Eric Morgan, 22, were taken into custody on Saturday night. A female passenger later turned herself in and was not charged. She is cooperating with police.
 
ALSO READ: Two brothers charged in murder of Chicago officer Ella French
 
In a live-stream video filmed in her car outside Christ Medical Center, Flores explained the mindset her sons were in when they killed Officer French and wounded her partner.

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Flores said Chicago residents fear the police. "My boys are not monsters at all... there is another side," she said.

"I don't believe a damn thing CPD says. And I can guarantee you this, my boys was afraid, I'm afraid... Adults are afraid of the CPD... I'm not a criminal... but, if a cop get behind me, my heart drops."

At the conclusion of the livestream, Flores said:

"We fear our police here, we fear them... I need to be a voice for my boys. And that's all I gotta say. Let me get in this hospital to see my damn son!"

Police say that an officer was guarding the room where Emonte is being treated after being shot multiple times during Saturday's incident.

Flores allegedly entered the area via a security door, "causing a disturbance," according to a report provided by a police source to NBC 5.

"As Flores attempted to push her way past the Officer's [sic] she kicked a Christ Hospital Public Safety Officer in the groin. Flores continued to resist efforts to take her into custody while demanding to her son."

The YouTuber who uploaded Flores's video captioned it:

"Once again, a black woman embarrasses the world and fails to accept responsibility or reprimand her criminal offspring."

 

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Two Chicago police officers were shot while conducting a traffic stop Saturday night in the Southwest Side's West Englewood neighborhood.

One officer was killed, another was critically wounded when they pulled over a car with three people inside at S. Bell and 63rd Streets.

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The officer who died has been identified as 29-year-old Ella French, a three year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

The wounded officer, Carlos Yanez, is listed in stable but serious condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Both officers returned fire, hitting one of the suspects in the car. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition is unknown.

He and another male suspect are in police custody. A female suspect was captured Sunday morning, the police commander announced at a press conference.

Over 100 CPD officers did not respond to 911 calls for two hours on Saturday night. They assembled outside the University of Chicago Medical Center, where the female officer was pronounced dead.

Dozens of patrol units with lights flashing lined the streets around the hospital.

French was the first CPD officer to die in the line of duty since Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago in 2019.

Her body was escorted to the morgue by somber bagpipes as per tradition when a CPD officer dies in the line of duty.

In chilling police dispatch audio, Yanez was able to give a description of the shooter as a Black male wearing all black.

Both officers were members of the CPD's Community Safety Team, created last year to help improve community relations in the South and West Sides.

The team was started with 450 officers. 200 more were added this year.

Update: Ella French's brother, Andrew, told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview that his sister was not married and did not have any children.
 

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Londre Sylvester's killers were waiting for him when he walked out of the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday.

The aspiring rapper, known as KTS Dre, was fatally shot by multiple gunmen who followed him as he walked to his car, NBC Chicago reported.

The coroner counted at least 64 bullet wounds to the 31-year-old rapper's head, torso, arms and legs.

His brazen murder outside the jail made headlines globally.

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Sylvester is the latest rapper to lose his life to gang violence in Chicago. He was one of 40 people shot in Chicago over the weekend.

A 60-year-old woman who was walking with him at the time was shot in the knee. She is reportedly listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital. A 30-year-old female bystander was grazed in her mouth, and is also listed in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, per Fox 32 News.

Sylvester was out on bail on charges related to his April 2020 arrest for being a felon in possession of a weapon and resisting police. He was fitted with an ankle monitor prior to being released.

He was killed days after West Coast rapper Indian Red Boy, born Dijon Rivera, was fatally shot as he sat in his car behind a Hawthorne, Los Angeles apartment complex.

He was shot 12 times and his murder was captured on Instagram Live.

Rumors suggest Rivera was killed in retaliation for vandalizing a mural of the late West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle.

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The homeless suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Maryland graduate student is being held without bond.

Anat Kimchi, a 31-year-old doctoral candidate, was stabbed by Tony Robinson in the Loop over the weekend.

Kimchi was known for attempting to prove the justice system was "racist" against Blacks.

She was walking in the 400 block of South Wacker Drive about 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, when a man approached and stabbed her in the back, police say.

Kimchi was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday.

Robinso, 41, was taken into custody Thursday, June 24, Chicago police announced.

Police said Robinson is believed to be the same individual who struck two women with rocks on June 10 and June 13. Both women were treated for head lacerations.

Kimchi wrote a paper published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology in 2019 attempting to prove the justice system in America was racist against "young black offenders" and black drug offenders."

The Israeli-born grad student was working on her doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice. Her family said she was in Chicago visiting friends when she was killed.

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The first official Juneteenth National Independence Day weekend in America was marred by gunfire and bloodshed over the weekend.

The new federal holiday, which celebrates the end of slavery in Texas, became effective immediately after the bill was signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden last week.

However, holiday celebrations ended in shootings in Atlanta, Oakland, Aurora, Baton Rouge, Clover, South Carolina; and Flint, Michigan over the weekend.

One man was killed in a shooting in Old Fourth Ward and three separate shootings wounded three men in three hours in Atlanta over the weekend, the Atlanta Police Department said.

The multiple shootings marred Juneteenth and Father's Day celebrations in Atlanta.

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Elsewhere, one man was shot multiple times as he cowered behind two children in the Bronx Borough of New York City.

A man wearing red stumbled over the children as they walked to a store to buy a loaf of bread. Surveillance video captured another man wearing all black chase the victim and open fire as he tried to hide behind the two children, a 10-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother, who were both strangers to him.

Video shows the girl shielding her little brother from the gunfire. The gunman escaped on the back of a scooter driven by another man.

The victim took himself to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds to his back and both legs.

The two children were not injured. Their horrified parents watched the violence unfold from their apartment window.
 
"They saw the gunman running down the block shooting and they thought they were shooting their children," Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said. "That little boy won't leave his dad's lap. When he hears a fire cracker, he thinks it's a shooting."

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The children, their parents, and 2-year-old sister were honored at a NY Yankees game on Sunday.

In other violent shootings over the Juneteenth weekend, at least 5 people died, and 44 were injured in shootings in Chicago (read here).

One person was killed and 6 wounded during shootings near a Juneteenth event in Oakland, CA.

One woman was fatally shot after she opened fire on a police officer at a Juneteenth parade in Flint, Michigan.

Police say a triple shooting killed 2 men and wounded a 3-year-old boy in Philadelphia on Saturday.

At least 1 man was killed and 4 others wounded in a possible gang-related shooting at a Juneteenth celebration in Aurora, Colorado early Sunday.

And at least 3 people were shot at a Juneteenth celebration in Clover, SC on Saturday.
 

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Rapper Lil Reese, who made a career out of mocking his dead opps, was shot and wounded in a parking garage in downtown Chicago Saturday morning.

Reese, born Tavares Taylor, was shot along with two other men. All three men were transported to a Chicago hospital. Another man is still at large.

A stolen Dodge Durango was crashed outside the parking garage. The vehicle was riddled with bullet holes, @CWBChicago reports.

The hashtag "Lil Reese dead" began trending on Twitter.com after someone uploaded grisly cellphone video of the wounded rapper spitting up blood. He is handcuffed and struggling to breath.

WARNING: The link contains graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

A woman can be heard accusing Reese and another man of stealing her car. "You wasn't driving, but you stole my sh*t!" she told another wounded man.

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On November 11, 2019, Reese was shot in the throat at a busy intersection in Country Club Hills. Witnesses told police Reese was shot by a gunman following a brief car chase.

A week later, Reese sent out a tweet noting he is "Alive and well."

A day after he was discharged from the hospital, he release a track titled "Come Outside."

Reese, 28, is among a crew of hardcore gang members-turned-rappers who launched Chicago's drill scene in the early 2010s. Reese is affiliated with former gang members Lil Durk, Fredo Santana, and Chief Keef.

Durk and Keef fled Chicago after their gang affiliates were killed in turf wars. Durk moved to Atlanta where he was joined later by Chicago rapper King Von. Both men were arrested in connection with a shooting and kidnapping in Atlanta in June 2019.

Von, 26, was still awaiting trial on attempted murder charges when he was gunned down by aspiring rapper Lul Tim, 22, during a fistfight with aspiring rapper Quando Rondo, 22, outside an Atlanta nightclub On November 6, 2020.

Update: Video shows Reese sitting up with the help of police after the shooting.
 

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A second suspect has been charged in the senseless shooting death of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams of Chicago.

Demond Goudy, 21, (left) was arrested Monday and charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

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Jaslyn was shot six times as she sat in a car with her father, Jontae Adams, at a McDonald's drive-thru. She was pronounced dead at a hospital. Jontae, who suffered a gunshot wound to the back and leg, was released from a hospital.

The first suspect, Marion Lewis, 18, was arrested over the weekend. Lewis is believed to be the getaway driver of the car the suspects fled in.

Lewis was shot by Chicago PD after he allegedly attempted to carjack a vehicle on the Eisenhower expressway. He is in jail, recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm.

Police are searching for other suspects who had beef with Jontae Adams after he allegedly urinated on the grave of a rival gang member.

In an interview after he was released from a hospital, Jontae Adams denied urinating on the grave a few days before the shooting. He claimed he couldn't have been at the cemetery because he was on house arrest at the time.
 

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Chicago police shot one of the gunmen suspected in the death of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams in a McDonald's drive-thru.

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown announced the arrest of one of the suspects in a press conference on Thursday.

The suspect was under surveillance by Chicago police in a western suburb. Police gave chase when the suspect fled in a vehicle.

He crashed on the shoulder of the Eisenhower expressway as police tried to stop him, Brown said.

After crashing, he tried to carjack a family stopped in traffic in the eastbound lane. When he refused an officer's commands, the officer shot him, Brown said.

Brown said two guns were found on the suspect who is under police guard at a hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound in the arm.

"The investigation will reveal whether the offender shot back or not," Brown said.

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Brown confirmed the suspect is wanted in the fatal shooting of Jaslyn and the wounding of her father, Jontae Adams, who was shot in the chest.

Jontae, a 29-year-old aspiring rapper known as Tilla, was released from a hospital this week.

Police are still searching for a second suspect in Jaslyn's death.

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Chicago police believe an aspiring rapper's rivals hunted him for 2 days before killing his daughter in a McDonald's drive-thru.

Jontae Adams, 29, and his daughter Jaslyn were in their car in the drive-thru when two men sprayed the car with bullets on Sunday, April 18.

Jaslyn died from multiple gunshot wounds and her father was seriously injured in a shooting, according to THV11 News.

A McDonald's employee who asked to remain anonymous told the Chicago Sun-Times that two men got out of a gray car in the drive-thru and started shooting into Adams' car.

Adams, also known as Tilla, is one half of the Chicago rap due Tilla & Bully Bino.

The day before the shooting, Tilla wrote on Facebook "Opps probably downstairs waiting on me", which is slang for gang rivals are waiting to ambush him.

Police believe the shooting was gang-related. But the Internet says the gunmen wanted part of a $20,000 PPP loan that Adams received recently.

No arrests have been made yet.

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There's a new sheriff in town. Chicago's violent crime has gone unchecked for far too long. Now the Biden administration is doing something about it.

Chicago's violence has impacted victims as far south as Georgia. Gun violence and murders spiraled out of control in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs during the lockdowns in 2020.

Frightened Chicago residents reached out to Washington for help. That help has come in the form of severe prison sentences for federal crimes such as carjackings.

A carjacker in Chicago now faces life in prison rather than the customary bail and a slap on the wrist.

The FBI's field office in Chicago tweeted on Thursday: "Federal time for a federal crime. If you carjack a vehicle in #Chicago, you could face a lifetime behind bars."

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The FBI continued:

"...but it's just a car.

In reality, it's so much more. It's a victim, it's a trauma, and sometimes it's a life.

Violent carjackings happen at gunpoint with repeat offenders pointing weapons at innocent people. Rushing to escape, carjackers cause accidents that claim more lives.

No one should have to live in fear of being carjacked. It's a big issue, and it deserves a big response. We’re partnering with law enforcement and the courts—both federally and locally—to investigate and prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law."

Chicagoans who are wary of lenient Chicago lawmakers expressed relief on Twitter.

On Twitter user wrote: "Bout f---in time."

Another wrote: "We Must take All Carjackings prosecutions Away from Kimberly Foxx. Charge these so call teenagers Federally as adults. Additionally, FBI Chicago must look into any and All connections between Kim Foxx and the Chicago gangs. Look under the hood."

And a third Twitter user wrote: "Thankfully there are honorable men and women that will do the job that @SAKimFoxx refuses to do!"