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CPD's Johnson fired weeks before retirement
2019-12-02

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired police superintendent Eddie Johnson on Dec. 2—weeks before his retirement after the city's top watchdog found he engaged in a series of "intolerable" actions, The Chicago Tribune reported.

This latest action is related to an October incident in which Johnson was found slumped over in his car. He had suggested that he had not taken his blood pressure medication for a couple of days, but also admitted to Lightfoot that he had "a couple of drinks" with dinner.

In a statement Windy City Times obtained, Lightfoot said, "Upon a thorough review of the materials of the Inspector General's ongoing investigation, it has become clear that Mr. Johnson engaged in a series of ethical lapses that are intolerable. Mr. Johnson was intentionally dishonest with me and communicated a narrative replete with false statements regarding material aspects of the incident that happened in the early morning hours of October 17. Had I known all the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there.

"Perhaps worst of all, Mr. Johnson has misled the people of Chicago. The 13,400 sworn and civilian members of the Chicago Police Department who work hard every day deserve a leader who they can believe in. In public life, we must be accountable for our actions and strive to do better every day. And to achieve the reform and accountability in the department that we know is urgently needed, we require a leader whose actions reflect the integrity and legitimacy of what it means to be a Chicago Police Officer. I am confident that incoming Interim Superintendent Beck is such a leader, and that both he and the eventual permanent superintendent will serve with honor."

The Tribune item is at www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-mayor-lori-lightfoot-eddie-johnson-ousted-20191202-lhqimuqmdrasze5etkxweac66y-story.html .


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