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“I knew it was going to be emotional but I felt like I had to be here because he couldn’t, and I know he would want to be here,” said Yanez’s wife Brenda.
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The man accused of shooting, Emonte Morgan, was in court on Monday and pleaded not guilty.
“I would like justice to be done. We must all stand united and stop all violence,” said Yanez’s mother, Graciela.
The Fraternal Order of Police chairman has criticized and continues to criticize the Cook County district attorney, as well as city leaders.
“Some politicians have to change because they are absolutely responsible for this criminal mindset with no accountability, no repercussions, and you can do what you want when you want to do it,” said John Catanzara, president of the Order. fraternal police.
As for Yanez’s family, they said he is making slow progress but still has many challenges to overcome.
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“It’s harder to see the emotional, the psychological,” said his wife. “We have good times but there are a lot of difficult times … he still has a long way to go.”
“We’re just overwhelmed with support across town, across the country. It’s not just law enforcement officers, we see this good part of society,” said his father, Carlos Yanez Sr. ..
The Yanez family plan to return to court next month when the man, according to prosecutors, was the driver of that traffic stop, Eric Morgan, who is due in court.
The incident marked the 27th time that a Chicago police officer has been shot this year and the 11th time an officer has been shot.
The Yanez family has set up a GoFundMe to help him recover.
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