[ENT] At least five Chicago cops face suspension in Eddie Johnson probe

Commander Don Jerome is reportedly facing a 28-day suspension over his role in the 2019 incident that led to Johnson’s firing

Five Chicago cops, including a high-ranking officer, are reportedly facing suspension over their roles in the 2019 scandal that led to the firing of former police superintendent Eddie Johnson.

The police officers came under investigation last year after Johnson, a 31-year veteran of the force, was found slumped in his car after a night of heavy drinking.

The police chief had initially blamed the incident on his failure to take his medication and was fired in December after it was revealed he lied to officials in an attempt to cover up his tracks. 

RELATED:
[ENT] One more of 2020: Venezuelan oil tanker could cause a historic environmental disaster | The NY Journal

At least five other cops involved in the case are expected to be disciplined this week following a probe by city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, The Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. 

Deering District Commander Don Jerome, the highest-ranking officer of the group, is reportedly facing a 28-day suspension, but details on his alleged misconduct were not specified. 

Eddie Johnson, 59, was fired by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in December 2019 after he was found slumped in his car after a night of heavy drinking in October

Eddie Johnson, 59, was fired by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in December 2019 after he was found slumped in his car after a night of heavy drinking in October 

Body camera footage showed a Chicago cop approaching the driver's side of Johnson's city-owned SUV and asking: 'You just sitting here or you wanna go home?'

Body camera footage showed a Chicago cop approaching the driver’s side of Johnson’s city-owned SUV and asking: ‘You just sitting here or you wanna go home?’

RELATED:
[ENT] Neo-Nazi farmer, 58, who owned manual for making nerve gas wanted to kill Remainers', court hears

The four other officers, one of which is a lieutenant, were not named in the report and details of their involvement in the case have not been released. 

Ferguson is expected to release the results of the investigation on Friday, according to the paper.  

Johnson was said to be out drinking with Cynthia Donald (pictured), a member of his security detail, hours before he was found asleep in his vehicle

Johnson was said to be out drinking with Cynthia Donald (pictured), a member of his security detail, hours before he was found asleep in his vehicle

The inspector general last year concluded Johnson, 59, had driven a city vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and lied to the mayor and public about the incident. 

RELATED:
[ENT] Corey Crawford was ‘devastated’ before signing with Devils

He was found asleep behind the wheel of his police car in October after consuming ‘several large servings of rum’ at a downtown restaurant with a member of his security detail, previously identified as 44-year-old Cynthia Donald. 

It is unclear if Donald is among those facing punishment in the probe. 

According to the report, Johnson made false statements to the public and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, saying he had been out to dinner with friends and that he had ordered an internal investigation of the incident. 

Johnson initially blamed the incident on his failure to take his blood pressure medication and didn’t mention alcohol.

RELATED:
[NEWS] Fitness Influencer Who Thought COVID-19 Didn't Exist Dies After Catching It On Turkish Holiday

That omission resulted ‘in a materially inaccurate portrayal of the incident in remarks he made while in uniform and speaking in an official capacity,’ according to the report. He later acknowledged he had drinks with dinner.

Johnson, who was named superintendent in 2016 and announced his retirement in November, was fired by Lightfoot in December for ‘ethical lapses.’ 

See Also

Sue Barker, 64, (centre) has been axed as host of BBC
Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused Johnson of deliberately 'misleading' her, the city and the police department when he made the claims in October

Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused Johnson of deliberately ‘misleading’ her, the city and the police department when he made the claims in October 

He later admitted a ‘lapse of judgment,’ but said he would let his reputation for integrity earned during more than 30 years as a police officer speak for itself. Johnson’s spokesman didn´t return a message Thursday.

RELATED:
[NEWS] All Detained End SARS Protesters Freed In Lagos

The report said Johnson drove the security officer from the restaurant to police headquarters where the officer got into a city vehicle and drove off. 

Johnson also left headquarters and parked illegally in a neighborhood with the car running. A witness called 911 to report a man asleep behind the wheel. 

Several police officers and a fire official checked on Johnson, but no field sobriety test was administered.

Read From Original Source Here: The State

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*