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Live microphone catches Chicago insulting FOP officer

July 25, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has apologized after a live microphone captured her calling a Fraternal Order of Police officer an “FOP clown” during a City Council meeting.

When FOP Vice President Patrick Murray approached a microphone during a public comment period Wednesday, Lightfoot turned to her corporation counsel, Mark Flessner, and was overheard on the livestream of the meeting saying, “Back again. This is this FOP clown.”

Murray had approached the microphone to express support for four police officers fired last week for allegedly covering up a white officer’s 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Murray last month accused Lightfoot of freezing the FOP out of transition discussions on public safety and police reform.

The FOP on its Facebook page called Lightfoot’s comment “contemptuous.”

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