The city released a treasure trove of documents and footage on Monday related to the incident in which the former Chicago police officer Supt. Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his SUV near his home in Bridgeport.
Among the published materials was a video from the body camera of one of the officers who discovered Johnson in his SUV near 34th Place and Aberdeen shortly after midnight on October 17, 2019.
The images show two officers walking toward Johnson’s SUV, one on each side. Johnson can be seen in the driver’s seat with his eyes closed when one of the officers turns on a flashlight.
The officer knocked on the window and said, “Sir? Sir? You’re good? You’re good? Do you have your id
After several seconds, Johnson pulls out some form of identification and lifts it toward the window.
The officer who knocked on the window and then asked, “Are you sitting here or do you want to go home?” Johnson responds, “I’m fine.” The officer then says, “Are you okay? Very well sir. Have a good night.”
The officer walked away and turned off his camera without causing Johnson to undergo any field sobriety tests.
The incident, which Johnson initially attributed to a change in his medication, turned out to be the fall of the former superintendent.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Johnson later confessed to her that she had gone out to dinner with friends and had a few drinks before dismissing her driver and taking home.
Lightfoot soon fired Johnson, a month before his scheduled retirement after more than 30 years with CPD, saying he had lied to her and the public about what happened that night.
While investigating the failure to administer the sobriety test and whether the rules were bent to protect the boss, sources told the Sun-Times that Inspector General Joe Ferguson may have found evidence of a cover-up by others in the Department. of cop.
Sources say Ferguson’s report on the alleged cover-up of the Johnson incident has been completed and turned over to the Legal Department.
The Sun-Times has filed a Freedom of Information request for the inspector general’s follow-up report. But the Lightfoot administration denied the request.
This despite the fact that the mayor persuaded the City Council to pass an ordinance that would allow the publication of these reports.
“Summary reports of OIG investigations are prohibited from publication under FOIA. Under the Municipal Code, at the discretion of the Corporation Council, to be eligible for disclosure, a summary report must contain sustained findings of conduct that are associated with a death, or are or may be serious crimes, as defined in the Code. Illinois criminal and has a compelling public interest, “Legal Department spokeswoman Kathleen Fieweger wrote in an email to the Sun-Times.
The Sun-Times has reported that, instead of having “a couple of drinks” during a “dinner with friends,” as Johnson told the mayor, he spent three hours drinking at a restaurant known for serving high drinks with a woman whom He had his security detail promoted shortly after becoming superintendent.
After leaving Ceres Cafe, Johnson drove his police SUV to police headquarters and left the woman, sources said. He tried to drive to his Bridgeport home, but was found asleep with the engine running around 12:30 a.m. on the 3400 block of South Aberdeen.
In a statement released the day after his firing, Johnson said he “did not intentionally deceive or deceive the mayor or the people of Chicago.”
“I acknowledge that I made a bad decision and had a judgment failure the night of October 16. That was a mistake and I know it. However, I have no interest in fighting a battle for my reputation with those who want to question it now, ”Johnson said, as quoted.
“Reputations are not built in one day and they are not damaged in one day either. They are the result of years of life. We reap what we sow in this world. I will simply rely on the reputation for integrity that I believe I have earned during my long career in the faith that we should all be judged for the whole of our lives and not for what happened in our worst days. “