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US Chicago's Top Cop Fired Before Retirement: Mayor

19:35  02 december  2019
19:35  02 december  2019 Source:   nbcchicago.com

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Despite planning to serve through the end of the year before his retirement, Chicago's top cop was abruptyl fired a month early, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday.

Lightfoot said Supt. Eddie Johnson "engaged in a series of actions intolerable for any leader in a position of trust," citing both the results of an inspector general's report on the shooting of Laquan McDonald and allegations he lied about what happened the night he was found slumped behind the wheel of a car in the city.

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"This is obviously not a decision that I entered into lightly however the circumstances demanded these actions," Lightfoot said.

Johnson announced he would be retiring last month and was joined by many high-ranking Chicago officials, including Lightfoot, at his retirement announcement.

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"Had I known these facts at the time, I certainly would not have participated in a celebratory press conference announcing his retirement," Lightfoot said Monday.

Johnson said he was stepping down to spend more time with his family. He acknowledged that being the city's top cop "has taken its toll."

"Taken a toll on my health, my family, my friends, but my integrity remains in tact," he said.

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The retirement announcement came days after Johnson became the center of an investigation after he was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV on Oct. 17.

Lightfoot said Johnson admitted to her that he "had a couple of drinks" before he was found asleep behind the wheel of his car last month at a stop sign.

Johnson initially said a change in medication triggered the incident and he felt "lightheaded" while driving, but Lightfoot later clarified during an interview with the Sun-Times that Johnson revealed "he had a couple of drinks with dinner."

Johnson ordered an internal investigation of the incident, citing the need for "transparency."

One week prior, a long-secret, 6,500-page inspector general's report on McDonald's shooting suggested Johnson should have fired more officers on the scene the night of the shooting.

Johnson defended himself, saying that when the case was unfolding, he was a senior member of the department but "not involved in any superintendent-level decisions on discipline following uses of force." He said he was not in a position at the time to receive investigative updates.

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Lightfoot followed at the time with a show of a support for Johnson.

"I have full faith and confidence in Eddie Johnson as the leader of the Chicago Police Department," she said in a statement.

"Over the years, I have spoken at length with Superintendent Johnson about the shooting of Laquan McDonald, the police response that night and the days after," the statement read. "Based on these discussions and my knowledge from other sources, there is nothing that gives me pause about the Superintendent's conduct related to that tragic event."

Lightfoot said Monday, however, that "upon a thorough review of the materials" from the report, "it has become clear that Mr. Johnson engaged in a series of ethical lapses that are intolerable."

She added that on Oct. 17 he "communicated a narrative replete with false statements regarding material aspect of the incident."

"Had I known all the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there," she said.

“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," she said.

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She declined to provide specifics on what in the Inspector General's report promtped Johnson's termination.

"I think it's important for me to make sure that I don't do anything to influence or taint the ongoing investigation of the inspector general and there are certain things that maybe they will become public later but out of deference to his wife and children it's not my narrative to tell, not my story to tell," she said.

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was named the interim superintendent following Johnson's announcement.

"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.”

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She was allegedly seen drinking with then-police superintendent Eddie Johnson before he was found asleep in his vehicle.Cynthia Donald is under investigation for allegedly damaging her police-issued mobile phone and removing the SIM card, which stores the cellphone data. The device reportedly had been sought as potential evidence by the city's Office of Inspector General, which is investigating Johnson over the October drinking incident.

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