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Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson has been fired

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired police superintendent Eddie Johnson two weeks before he was scheduled to retire.
Mayor Light said during a news conference on Monday that she fired  Johnson because he had intentionally misled her about the incident, which occurred October 17, when he was found sleeping in his car.
Initially, Johnson said he failed to his medication, but the Chicago Inspector General’s Office said Johnson had been drinking.
“Had I known all of the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there,” Lightfoot said in a statement.
In a statement, Johnson said, “I made a poor decision and had a lapse of judgment.”
Johnson added that he did not intentionally mislead Mayor Lightfoot or the people of Chicago. Both Lightfoot and Johnson are African American. He was scheduled to retire at the end of December.
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel named Johnson superintendent in March 2106.
Emanuel had just fired Garry McCarthy in the wake of massive protests over the death of Laquan McDonald, a black teen shot dead by Jayson Van Dyke, a white Chicago police officer who is now in prison.
Charlie Beck, former Los Angeles police chief, will serve as acting superintendent until Johnson’s permanent replacement is found.

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