Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned “dishonesty” and “intolerable ethical flaws” in her decision to fire Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson weeks before his scheduled retirement.
Johnson announced in October that he would retire at the end of 2019 after a scandalous incident. He was found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle at a stop sign after having “a couple of drinks with dinner,” according to Mayor Lightfoot, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
On Dec. 2, after receiving the findings of the internal affairs investigation, the governor announced the “immediate” dismissal of Eddie Johnson because he “engaged in a series of ethical lapses that are intolerable.”
“Mr. Johnson was intentionally dishonest with me and communicated a narrative replete with false statements regarding material aspects of the incident that happened in the early morning hours of October 17. Had I known all the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there,” Lightfoot said emphatically.
“Perhaps worst of all, Mr. Johnson has misled the people of Chicago,” the mayor said, pointing out that they now needed a new inspector general “whose actions reflect the integrity and legitimacy of what it means to be a Chicago Police Officer.”
She then appointed Charlie Beck, who had already been appointed interim superintendent, to replace Johnson. “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,” Lightfoot added, hoping that this will trigger an “urgent” reform of the body.
Boycott of President Trump
Also in October, when he was still police superintendent, Johnson, announced that he would boycott with his absence President Donald Trump’s speech at the conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police held in Chicago, Chicago ABC 7 described.
“Here’s a man that could not bother to show up for a meeting of police chiefs, the most respected people in the country, in his hometown and with the president of the United States. And you know why?” asked President Trump during the event. “It’s because he’s not doing his job,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Since Eddie Johnson has been police chief, more than 1,500 people have been murdered in Chicago, and 13,067 people have been shot,” argued President Trump, noting, “It is embarrassing to us as a nation. All over the world, they’re talking about Chicago. Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison,” he added.
He ironically referred to Chicago’s arms control regulations as one of the most restrictive in the country. “That doesn’t seem to be working too well, does it?” President Trump again asked conference attendees.