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US Chicago police superintendent's firing raises hopes mayor can fix department

13:55  05 december  2019
13:55  05 december  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Chicago's Top Cop Fired Before Retirement: Mayor

  Chicago's Top Cop Fired Before Retirement: Mayor 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. Read Supt.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced on Nov. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday fired the retiring police superintendent , Eddie Johnson, who she accused of lying about an incident in which he was found asleep at the wheel of his car a few blocks from his home after

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Monday, saying her decision was based on his "ethical lapses." Lightfoot said she decided

Three years ago, then-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejected three finalists offered by his civilian police board and plucked an insider — Eddie Johnson, a chief of patrol and 27-year veteran of the force — as the department's next superintendent.

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It was a job that Johnson said he never sought, and his surprise ascension came as the city was reeling from the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white officer and accusations of a police cover-up .

"He has the command and the character to lead the department at this critical juncture," Emanuel told reporters.

But the lofty expectations placed upon Johnson came crashing down this week, when Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a former police board president who was elected earlier this year , unexpectedly fired Johnson , saying he misled the people of the city and "intentionally lied to me several times" in connection with an incident in October in which he fell asleep behind the wheel of his car.

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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.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city ’ s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson announces his retirement during a news conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot at the

( CHICAGO ) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city ’ s retiring police superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday, citing “ethical lapses” In October, Johnson called for the department ’ s internal affairs division to investigate the incident, saying he wanted the public to be confident that both he and

Johnson's dismissal, just weeks before his planned retirement , is a potential turning point for the nation's second-largest municipal police force, which in recent years has been defined by controversial use of force cases, some of the bloodiest weekends of violent crimes in recent years, strained community relations leading to court-monitored reforms , and a spike in officer suicides .

Some observers, however, say now's the moment for Lightfoot to step up and make fundamental changes in a scandal-plagued department.

Johnson's firing "is clearly ratcheting up the mayor's effort to fix the police department and to send a clear message to all city employees that more lying, corruption is grounds for firing," said Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman and professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "It simply won't be tolerated."

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Chicago ’ s mayor , Lori Lightfoot, said on Monday she had fired the police superintendent , Eddie Johnson, due to his “ethical lapses”. She said her decision was based on a review of an inspector general’ s report on its investigation into a recent incident in which he was found asleep behind the

The fired police superintendent issued a statement Tuesday about his dismissal from the top job. I am making this public statement today, my first as the former superintendent of the Chicago Police Department . I am of course disappointed that I could not finish my career on January 1, as originally

On Tuesday, Johnson, 59, made his first public comments since his firing, saying in a letter that while "I made a poor decision," he "did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago."

He offered no explanation about what occurred before officers found him slumped in his car after midnight Oct. 17, a few blocks from his home, or what the mayor has accused him of lying about.

Lightfoot alluded to Johnson's actions having an effect on his family, and didn't want to go into detail with reporters Monday because "I don't feel like it is appropriate or fair to Mr. Johnson's wife or children to do so at this time."

A source confirmed to NBC Chicago that Johnson had been out to dinner that evening with a female colleague of the police department.

Johnson has previously said he was feeling light-headed that night and hadn't taken his new blood pressure medication. He was not subjected to a sobriety test at the scene, according to the Chicago Sun-Times , something that would be required of other drivers.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday fired retiring Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Lightfoot said she was firing Johnson "with cause" for lying

2 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired effectively Monday the city ' s top cop set to retire at year' s end, saying he lied to her about an incident in Lightfoot accused Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson of "lying to me and lying to the public" about an incident where he was found sleeping in his

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The city's Office of Inspector General is investigating the incident, and Lightfoot said its report may eventually become public.

Simpson said Johnson's ouster calls to mind Chicago's long history of errant officers who believe they can act with impunity: "It's usually the lying and the cover-up that becomes the problem."

Johnson grew up in one of the most crime-ridden public housing projects in Chicago's Near North Side until he was 9. With his selection as the fourth African American in the city's history to head the police department, his supporters praised him as a man who could "build bridges to the community."

Johnson was replacing former Superintendent Garry McCarthy , who came to Chicago after decades in the New York Police Department. Emanuel fired McCarthy in the wake of his handling of the McDonald shooting.

On Johnson's first day on the job, however, he raised eyebrows and appeared out of touch when he told reporters that "I've actually never encountered police misconduct" during his nearly three decades in the department.

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Chicago (AP) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Supt. He was named superintendent in 2016 by then- Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had fired Superintendent Garry McCarthy after the release of the now-infamous video of Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting Laquan McDonald and was

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"It was highly offensive," said Lance Williams, a professor of urban community studies at Northeastern Illinois University who writes about violence in Chicago. "That was a sign that there wouldn't be any changes in the Chicago Police Department."

Williams said the desire for the city to bring down the rate of homicides, violent crimes and shootings, which has seen some positive results in recent months , has come at a cost to residents, particularly in the black community, who feel ignored.

When Johnson began his appointment, Chicago was experiencing one of its highest murder rates in two decades — prompting President Donald Trump to threaten he would "send in the Feds."

"When crimes are committed, people think there's no one there to help them get justice," Williams, who advocates for Chicago's inner-city youth, said. "They think, if I get robbed, detectives don't seem to follow up and don't communicate. People feel like they don't have any other way to get justice, so they might take justice upon themselves and retaliate."

He added that the intense law enforcement focus earlier this year on the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett , who police say filed a false report claiming he was the victim of a hate-crime attack, only exposed the disparities within the criminal justice system.

'I made a poor decision': Fired Chicago police superintendent speaks out

  'I made a poor decision': Fired Chicago police superintendent speaks out Johnson, who was fired after more than three years as head of the police department, did acknowledge: "I made a poor decision.""I did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago," he said in a statement, while also acknowledging "I made a poor decision and had a lapse of judgment" in connection to an October incident in which he was found asleep behind the wheel of his car.

Eddie Johnson, who was fired as the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department for what Mayor Lori Lightfoot called a "series of ethical "I did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago ," he said in a statement, while also acknowledging "I made a poor decision and

Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn't "intentionally mislead or deceive" anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV. Johnson, 59, released a statement through his attorney a day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired

Charges were dropped against Smollett by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, setting up dueling lawsuits between Smollett and the city, as well as criticism for how prosecutors handled the case.

Johnson at the time addressed complaints that the department had expended valuable resources and personnel, denying that other cases were shortchanged in favor of Smollett.

"It seemed like they were deploying massive amounts of resources to look into this celebrity complaint," Williams said. "Meanwhile, the average person was crying out for the same attention to be given to them."

A new superintendent

Williams believes Lightfoot, who campaigned on ridding Chicago's government of its stubborn corruption, will find a superintendent to lead the police department who is not simply trying to lock up more people.

Instead, he said, a new leader must have a greater sense of how neighborhoods grappling with high crime are also struggling with a lack of affordable housing, quality education and jobs — all circumstances that can feed into the larger cycle of poverty and violence.

Lightfoot's decision to fire Johnson, "shows how serious she is about wanting to clean up the department," he added.

Initially after Johnson's firing, Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said he understands Lightfoot is seeking "transparency and accountability within the police department."

On Wednesday, Graham told the Sun-Times that Johnson didn't get the due process deserved since the inspector general's report is not done and accused Lightfoot of "trying to make the case to bring in somebody from outside."

Lightfoot's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

For now, the 13,400-member department is being led by interim Superintendent Charlie Beck, a former Los Angeles police chief. Whomever Lightfoot chooses permanently must also contend with a wave of high-ranking officers expected to retire in the coming months.

Alderman Anthony Beale, who represents the city's Far South Side and has been one of Lightfoot's most vocal critics, said looking outside of the Chicago Police Department, as has been done in the past, could prove to be a mistake.

He said what Johnson brought was an understanding of how the city operates, and he alone was never going to be able to soothe all of Chicago's ills.

"I've known Eddie for a very long time, and I think he said it best this week that you can't characterize a person's career in one day," Beale said.

"Chicago has a very unique scenario, and it requires a certain person to run the department," he added. "People felt Eddie's heart was in the right place."

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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