Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson was fired yesterday (December 2nd) for “intolerable conduct” — just weeks before he was set to retire. According to The Chicago Tribune, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the news, telling reporters that the reason Johnson was fired wasbecause he was found passed out in his car back in October.
In the early hours of October 17th, officers responding to a 911 call found Johnson asleep in his car near his home. Johnson blamed exhaustion and new blood pressure meds, but later admitted to having a few drinks before attempting to drive home.
Lightfoot said during a press conference, “Eddie Johnson intentionally lied to me.”
On Nov. 6th, Johnson announced he was leaving his post three years after being appointed, saying that he had been considering retirement “for some time.”
Meanwhile, Gossip In The City has reported that the real reason the superintendent was fired is due to his handling of the Jussie Smollett case.