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Monday, December 2, 2019
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Terminates CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has terminated Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, effective IMMEDIATELY. Lightfoot made the announcement only minutes ago during a televised press conference in which she stated Johnson's removal from his position was "for cause"
"It has become clear that Mr. Johnson engaged in a series of actions that are intolerable for any leader in a position of trust, particularly the head of the Chicago Police Department," Lightfoot said. "Johnson intentionally misled the public in a press conference he called", and Lightfoot also said that before the press conference she referenced, Johnson had time to choose his words.
Further, Mayor Lightfoot said she would not have participated in a celebratory retirement press conference for Johnson, had she known that he was dishonest with her and the public.
The Mayor's full speech:
"Today, I am announcing that I have terminated Eddie Johnson's employment with the City of Chicago, effective immediately. 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. 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. Perhaps worst of all, Mr. Johnson has misled the people of Chicago. 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. In public life, we must be accountable for our actions
and strive to do better every day. And to achieve the reform and accountability in the department that we know is urgently needed, we require a leader whose actions reflect the integrity and legitimacy of what it means to be a Chicago Police Officer. I am confident that incoming Interim Superintendent Beck is such a leader, and that both he and the eventual permanent superintendent will serve with honor."