Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D), starting with his news conference, said that there had been an ongoing investigation of the events that took place in October 17 as a result of the unexpected announcement. home and fall asleep behind the wheel of his SUV. Lightfoot told Chicago's Sun-Times later that Johnson said he had a “few drinks with dinner” that night.
But in a searing monologue on Monday, the mayor said she had recently learned through a general inspector's report and video evidence that “was engaged in uncovered behavior, but that he showed a series of ethical recessions and flawed decision-making that he is disproportionate. to lead the privilege of the Chicago Police Department. ”
“Just as with the community, Eddie Bernice Johnson often told me again and again, even when I challenged him about the story he shared with me,” said Lightfoot. "He argued that he was telling the truth, I now know definitively that he wasn't."
Lightfoot did not draw up more detail on the Johnson case and refused to indicate what he had indicated, but said that certain aspects of the investigation could be public later. Johnson told reporters after the incident that he had come to light and that he pulled back after taking new medicines for his high blood pressure. The officers who discovered that Johnson allowed him to drive home did not administer a breath test. In October, he asked a division's internal affairs department to investigate the incident.
Johnson joined a patrol force in Chicago in 1988. In a news conference last month, he said that his decision to retire was that his health and family had a toll on the job, denying that he was involved in the incident in October. As he announced his retirement, Lightfoot Johnson proposed for his leadership and efforts over the years to make the city safer.
“If I knew these facts at the time, I would like to release his duties as a superintendent there and then,” said Lightfoot on Monday. “I certainly didn't take part in a celebratory news conference to announce its retirement.” T
Johnson was appointed superintendent in 2016 by former mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had criticized chief police commander Garry McCarthy among widespread criticism of how a white police officer replied white because a black teenage shot Laquan McDonald. In 2015, Emanuel said “the leadership of the department is trusted and exhausted.”
In the selection of Johnson, Emanuel rejected three contestants proposed by the Chicago Policing Board. Emanuel said that Johnson, a Chicago man known to him for his humility, had the order, character and competence to direct the department at this critical point. "
Johnson succeeded to be one of the most recognized police leaders in the country. He made headlines again in late October after announcing that he would not attend a meeting of the International Association of Chief Executives of Policing, as he felt "it was not in keeping with the core values of our city."
President Trump, who spoke at the event, spoke to Johnson and his views. Citing some crime statistics, Trump called violence in Chicago “shame for us as a nation” and said “Afghanistan is a safe place compared to it.”
He also accused Johnson that illegal immigrants and more criminals would be valued than law abiding citizens.
“And these values are ashamed to me,” said Trump. “I want Eddie Johnson to change his values and change them quickly.” T
Chicago killed homicides and victims shot since 2016, according to data from the Chicago Tribune. This year there were 467 homicides in the city through Saturday, compared to 526 in 2018 and 713 in 2016. The newspaper database also shows that there were 2,482 victims of shooting this year, compared to 2,694 last year.
On Monday, Lightfoot renewed a plea for cultural change within the department – starting at the top – and stressed the importance of creating an environment conducive to honesty, integrity and accountability, even when “ impress police officers responsible for their actions, but their supervisors pass. ”
“Perhaps someone in Mr Johnson's circumstances would be allowed to retire simply,” she said. “If this were done today, in these circumstances, it would not be the same as my biggest people, and the kind of principal leadership I want to bring to the city.”
Lightfoot, former Los Angeles police chief, Charlie Beck, who was appointed as interim commander after Johnson's retirement, said he would take the role immediately.
The city and police department did not immediately respond to e-mails requested to comment on shot and Johnson pension status.