Who are Eric and Emonte Morgan? Brothers charged with shooting Chicago cop Ella French dead

The two brothers have been charged with killing Chicago police officer Ella French and wounding another cop amid a traffic stop


                            Who are Eric and Emonte Morgan? Brothers charged with shooting Chicago cop Ella French dead
Eric and Emonte Morgan have been charged in connection with Chicago cop Ella French's murder (Chicago PD/Cook County State Attorney's Office)

Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer Ella French, 29, was killed during a violent traffic stop on August 7. She, along with an unnamed colleague, was shot at by three suspects - two brothers Eric and Emonte Morgan and a woman amid the traffic stop. The suspects opened fire at French and her colleague after which the cops returned fire and this back and forth resulted in French being fatally shot. 

French is said to be the first cop who was killed in the line of duty since Lori Lightfoot became mayor of Chicago in 2019. Many officers are said to have lost their lives around the country as political parties discuss police reform all over the country. In April this year, Darion Jarrett from New Mexico was gunned down with an 'AR-15-style rifle' at a traffic stop and the horrific video went viral over the Internet. Holly Springs police officer Joe Burson, 25, was killed after he tried to stop a speeding motorist who dragged him in an attempt to flee. Burson shot at the driver to make him stop but it ended up in a fatal crash where both of them died.  

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CPD officer Ella French. (Twitter)

Who are Eric and Emonte Morgan?

The brothers whose car French and her colleague stopped have been identified as Eric and Emonte Morgan. According to Eric's Facebook account, he works as a cashier at True Religion brand jeans. He passed out of high school in 2015 from James Madison Memorial, Chicago. Emonte has set his account to private and even though both of them have their Instagram handles mentioned in their Facebook bio, they seem to have taken them down. Eric, 22, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice. Emonte on the other hand is charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. The woman accompanying the brothers has not been charged due to a lack of evidence. 

Eric and Emonte are due in court on August 10. Both of them were on probation for separate cases at the time of their arrest. Emonte had a robbery case and other criminal charges on his rap sheet. This included minor traffic offenses. operating a vehicle without a license and driving uninsured. He was charged with battery and theft in 2019; Eric Morgan had a robbery charge against him. The person who supplied the semi-automatic handgun to the brothers has also been charged in this case. Jamal Danzy, 29, is accused of buying the weapon from a licensed gun killer in Hammond, Indiana, and then selling it to people he knew couldn't possess guns because of their felony charges. 

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