The Latest: Johnson says he didn’t ‘intentionally mislead’
|Toronto Star 03 Dec 2019 at 13:55|
Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says he did not “intentionally mislead or deceive” anyone about a mid-October night where he was found asleep in his car.
Johnson released a statement through his attorney on Tuesday, saying he acknowledges that he made a “poor decision” and had a “lapse of judgment.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson on Monday for “ethical lapses,” just weeks before he was set to retire. She didn’t give specifics, citing an ongoing investigation and fairness to his family.
Johnson publicly blamed an issue with his medication and told Lightfoot he’d had “a couple of drinks with dinner.” Two Chicago newspapers citing sources they’re not identifying are reporting that the city’s fired police chief was having drinks with a woman for hours the night officers found him hunched over the wheel of his SUV.
Chicago’s interim police chief says he’s getting oriented in the job, a day after Superintendent Eddie Johnson was fired and he took over the post.
He says accountability and public trust are essential to policing.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson Monday for “ethical lapses” surrounding a mid-October night when he was found asleep in his car.
Beck says he and Johnson are friends and will continue talking. Beck says the former superintendent has the “best interest of the city” and police department at heart.