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US Mayor Lori Lightfoot fires Chicago’s police superintendent weeks before his retirement: ‘Eddie Johnson intentionally lied to me’

21:05  02 december  2019
21:05  02 december  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot has fired police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for intentionally misleading the public and acting unethically in relation to the night where he was found asleep in his car after drinking.

Lightfoot said Johnson had engaged in a series of actions that are “intolerable.”

“Eddie Johnson intentionally lied to me,” Lightfoot said at a morning news conference.

As a result of the move, former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who had been announced previously as Johnson’s interim replacement, will take over as interim superintendent on Monday. Beck is on a flight back to Chicago and will be in town this afternoon, Lightfoot said.

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  Mayor Lori Lightfoot Fires CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson For Lying About Incident When He Fell Asleep At The Wheel Of His Car “It has become clear that Mr. Johnson engaged in a series of actions that are intolerable for any leader in a position of trust,” she said Monday morning at City Hall. “The finding of the inspector general’s report regarding Mr. Johnson, which I recently reviewed, makes clear that Eddie Johnson engaged in conduct that is not only umbecoming, but demonstrated a series of ethical lapses and flawed decision-making that is inconsistent with having the privilege of leading the Chicago Police Department.Mayor Lightfoot says Supt. Johnson's actions were "intolerable" for any leader in a position of trust.

Johnson was unable to be reached for comment on Monday.

The bizarre story began in October, when officers responding to a 911 call found Johnson asleep in his parked car near his home at about 12:30 a.m.

Johnson told reporters he had failed to take medication he’d been prescribed, leading to him fall asleep in his police vehicle on the way home from going out to dinner.

At the time, Johnson told reporters he had been tired after a long day at work Wednesday but went out to dinner with friends that night. He said he felt ill as he drove home from the dinner.

“How can I explain it? It’s just your body kind of gives you a warning with the high blood pressure thing that you may pass out, so I pulled over, stopped and I just rested myself until that feeling passed," he said.

Chicago mayor fires police superintendent weeks before his retirement

  Chicago mayor fires police superintendent weeks before his retirement Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired police Superintendent Eddie Johnson effective immediately Monday for intentionally misleading her and the public about his conduct when he was found asleep in his running vehicle at a stop sign after a late weeknight out in October. CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired police Superintendent Eddie Johnson effective immediately Monday for intentionally misleading her and the public about his conduct when he was found asleep in his running vehicle at a stop sign after a late weeknight out in October.

Johnson defended officers’ decision not to test for whether he had been drinking, saying, “Someone asleep in a car doesn’t mean they’re impaired.”

Johnson has not explained why he was driving home from a dinner engagement at 12:30 a.m., particularly on a day he said he felt fatigued.

After suffering a blood clot this past summer, Johnson said his cardiologist “adjusted” his medication during a follow-up appointment on Tuesday. The superintendent said he removed the old medication from his weekly pillbox but had not yet obtained the new prescription, suggesting he hadn’t taken his blood pressure medication for a couple of days.

Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, previously released a statement saying alcohol did not play a role in the incident.

But Johnson also admitted to Lightfoot that he had “a couple of drinks” with dinner, the mayor previously said.

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Had Lightfoot known all of the facts, she wouldn’t have participated in a celebratory press conference with Johnson announcing his retirement, she said.

Firing Johnson is an indication she will demand “The old Chicago way must give way to new way” of ethical leadership. Supervisors in the police department will not get away with ethical lapses, she said.

In a message the mayor sent to Chicago police officers, she wrote: “While I recognize this news comes as a surprise to most of you, this was a decision I felt was absolutely necessary to preserve the legitimacy and honor of the Chicago Police Department. I deeply respect the work that each of you undertake every day and you deserve a Superintendent who lives up to the ideals that I expect each of you to exemplify.”

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Officer tied to ousted police chief scandal probed for possible evidence tampering .
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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