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Mayor Lightfoot Express Regret After 'Clown' Comment Picked Up On Mic

July 25, 2019 - 9:35 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expressing a bit of regret over a disparaging remark about a police union official, caught by a microphone in the City Council chamber.

We've all heard about the warning about open microphones. Mayor Lightfoot was in front of one during the City Council's public comment period, when Patrick Murray, first-vice president of Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police stood to complain about the police board firing three police officers and a sargent.

The Mayor was heard saying "oh back again, this is that FOP clown." 

Reporters later asked the former police board president about that remark.

"It was not appropriate for me to say that out loud," Mayor Lightfoot said.

So does she apologize?

"I think I just did," Lightfoot said. "I think I said I shouldn't have said that out loud."

A FOP statement calls her words misguided and dangerous. 

"Mayor Lightfoot's contemptuous remark is 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," the full statement read.