Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Fired Weeks Before Retirement After He Allegedly ‘Misled the People of Chicago’
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Johnson had planned to retire at the end of the year, Fox News reported.
Lightfoot’s announcement comes months after Johnson was found “slumped over” in his vehicle after driving home from a dinner on Oct. 17.
“Where is he? I want to talk to him. In fact, more than anyone else, this person should be here because maybe he could learn something, and that’s the superintendent of the Chicago Police, Eddie Johnson.”
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“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.”
Regarding the events of Oct. 17, Lightfoot said that Johnson was “intentionally dishonest with me and communicated a narrative replete with false statements regarding material aspects 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.”
Lightfoot also offered a broader criticism of Johnson.
“Perhaps worst of all, Mr. Johnson has misled the people of Chicago,” the mayor said.
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