Chicago Man Called 911 for Help During Domestic Dispute. A Police Officer with a History of Assault Shot the Man Within Seconds of Arriving.
Alberto Covarrubias, a Chicago police officer who shot and killed Michael Craig, a Black man who called 911 with a domestic violence complaint last month, […]news.yahoo.com
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration tried to block TV station from airing body camera footage of police raid on wrong home
Previously, the Illinois attorney general’s office ruled the City Council violated the state’s open meetings law when it held a series of conference calls with Lightfoot during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Lightfoot also has repeatedly refused to release the inspector general’s report on the night former police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was found asleep in his car after drinking at a downtown bar known for heavy pours, despite calls from activists, media outlets and some aldermen to do so.chicagotribune.com
7 Chicago cops suspended for roles in chief's traffic stop
CHICAGO – Seven Chicago police officers have been suspended for their roles the night then-Superintendent Eddie Johnson was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV after having several drinks at a bar, according to a report by the city's inspector general released Friday. Brown's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and it was not clear if the suspensions have been served. Further, the officers never gave Johnson a roadside sobriety test and allowed Johnson to drive home after he did nothing more than roll down his window 2 inches. Donald, the officer who filed the lawsuit this week, has acknowledged she was with Johnson that night. Later, media reports and surveillance video from a Chicago bar revealed he had been drinking heavily that night, and Lightfoot fired him for what she said were lies about his actions.
Chicago officer sues former chief for sexual harassment
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford File)CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual assault by former police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was out drinking with her the night he was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV. According to previously published reports, Donald was suspected of damaging her police-issued cellphone and removing its data card before investigators could examine it. Later, media reports and surveillance video from a Chicago bar revealed he had been drinking heavily that night. Officers responding to a 911 call from someone reporting a man asleep at the wheel of his idling vehicle did not issue any citations for Johnson.
Former Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson sued for alleged sexual misconduct, accused of tampering with evidence in incident that led to his firing
“She knows that Eddie Johnson knew her cellphone was on her desk and that’s the last she saw of it, the last she heard about it,” McLaughlin said. “... We don’t have the evidence yet that (Johnson) then destroyed Officer Donald’s phone, but certainly in this case in discovery we’re going to do our best to find out who did that.”chicagotribune.com
Chicago chief's firing again rattles confidence in force
Lightfoot's action to fire Johnson came less than a month after she lauded him as he announced plans to transition out of the job early next year and help his interim successor transition into it. Brown called Johnson's firing an "unnecessary humiliation" given that he was so close to retirement. "It's not about Eddie Johnson," FOP President Kevin Graham told the Chicago Sun-Times. Revelations about Johnson came during a week of other troubling stories for the department. The firing has raised concern that the final chapter in Johnson's career might distract from the serious questions about racism and excessive force that continue to dog the department.chicagotribune.com
Evidence tampering alleged in police chief firing case
Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officials noticed that the phone was damaged when the woman left then-Superintendent Eddie Johnson 's security detail to join the evidence and recovered property unit, three days after the incident. He said the phone had been "noticeably damaged and the SIM card was missing or damaged." He also said that as of Friday, the office has not requested that any member of the department be disciplined. She said that after reviewing information, including video-recorded evidence, that she concluded Johnson had lied to her when the two discussed the incident. Johnson, in a statement issued the next day, said he did not ''intentionally mislead or deceive" anyone.chicagotribune.com
Report: Officer recorded kissing Chicago chief reassigned
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed to WBEZ that the officer, who was appointed to Johnson's security detail in 2016, was reassigned in early November to the technical services bureau. Chicago officers found Johnson, 59, asleep in his police SUV early on the morning ofOct. The Chicago Tribune has reported that Johnson partially rolled down the window, showed his superintendent's badge and drove away. But the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Johnson was drinking for hours that night with the female officer at a downtown restaurant and that sources told the paper that restaurant video showed the two kissing repeatedly. The Tribune reported that an inspector general's investigation includes video showing Johnson drinking for hours with a woman in a restaurant in the Chicago Board of Trade building.chicagotribune.com
Police chief firing puts spotlight on cops who let him go
When fellow officers discovered Chicago's police chief asleep behind the wheel of his running SUV, they did not conduct any sobriety tests and let their boss drive home a decision that has thrown a spotlight on what happens when one officer confronts another on patrol. Officers responding to a 911 call found Johnson slumped behind the wheel of his car not far from his South Side home early on Oct. 17. Local reports say he reportedly displayed his badge and waved the responding officers off. The former superintendent, who was set to retire at the end of the year, underwent a kidney transplant and had been hospitalized for a blood clot, factors a responding officer would already know. The department came under fire in 2011 when an independent monitor suggested that Denver police do not arrest fellow officers for drunken driving unless they are involved in crashes.chicagotribune.com
Ex-chief says he didnt intentionally deceive anyone
Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn't "intentionally mislead or deceive" anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV. She said an inspector general's report, which hasn't been released publicly, revealed he misled her and the public about the circumstances of that evening and showed "flawed decision-making." The Chicago Tribune reported that the inspector general's investigation includes video showing Johnson drinking for hours with a woman at a Chicago Board of Trade building restaurant. "One thing I want everyone to know is this: I did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago," Johnson said in the statement. She said an inspector general's report, which includes video evidence, showed a different account.chicagotribune.com
Chicago mayor fires police chief weeks before his retirement, accusing him of lying
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday even though he was about to retire, accusing him of lying to her about an incident in October when patrol officers found him sleeping in his car. In the early morning of Oct. 17, police officers found Johnson, 59, in his car. He initially said he had fallen asleep due to blood pressure medication, but local media later reported that he had told Lightfoot he had a couple of drinks before driving. Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was made Chicagos interim police superintendent a day later. We require a leader whose actions reflect the integrity and legitimacy of what it means to be a Chicago Police Officer, Lightfoot said.feeds.reuters.com
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot fires police chief for lying about Oct. 17 incident: mayor's office
FILE PHOTO: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference at Chicago Police headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Lott/File PhotoCHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday fired the citys police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, accusing him of lying to her about an incident on the night of Oct. 17 when he was found asleep in his car. Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was made Chicagos interim police superintendent a day later. We require a leader whose actions reflect the integrity and legitimacy of what it means to be a Chicago Police Officer, Lightfoot said. I am confident that incoming Interim Superintendent Beck is such a leader.feeds.reuters.com
Chicago mayor fires citys top cop over ethical lapses
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Monday, saying her decision was based on his "ethical lapses." "Had I known all the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there." Johnson announced in November that he would retire at the end of the year after more than 30 years with the department. Johnson, a native Chicagoan, held just about every rank on the police force.chicagotribune.com
Chicago mayor fires top cop and says he misled public about car incident
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday, saying her decision was based on his "ethical lapses." Lightfoot didn't provide additional details about the findings of the report, which has not yet been made public, CBS Chicago reports. Chicago's top cop Eddie Johnson announces retirementJohnson blamed the incident on a mix-up in which he failed to take his blood pressure medication. Eddie Johnson, for lying about the incident when he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car in October. https://t.co/nwJJNy4qUk CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) December 2, 2019Johnson, a native Chicagoan, held just about every rank on the police force.cbsnews.com
Police: Chicago teen hurt in gunfire likely shot by officer
A 15-year-old Chicago high school student who was wounded during a gun fight between a bank robbery suspect and investigators was likely shot by a suburban police officer, Chicago police said Wednesday. A Des Plaines officer pursued one of the suspects to Chicago and into a music store where the Lane Tech High School sophomore was working as a student-intern, First Deputy Supt. The 46-year-old Chicago police officer was shot in the head. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that officer has received more than 100 departmental awards "for his exemplary police work." Officers managed to arrest the other bank robbery suspect following a brief chase on foot.chicagotribune.com
Ex-LAPD chief named interim Chicago police superintendent
(CNN) - Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was named as Chicago's interim police superintendent by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday. He will fill in until a permanent replacement is found for Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who announced on Thursday he would retire at the end of the year. Lightfoot said Johnson and Beck would work together over the next few weeks to build a plan for the exact timing of the handover of duties. The police superintendent said he thought he felt ill because of a change in his blood pressure medication. Thursday, Johnson said he was proud of his tenure as the department's top cop, pointing to lower rates of violent crime and officer-involved shootings.
Chicago police chief steps down after tumultuous three years
FILE PHOTO: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference at Chicago Police headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., February 21, 2019. But the number of murders in Chicago remains higher than the combined number in New York and Los Angeles, two much larger cities. This tragedy forever changed Chicago, said Johnson, who is African-American. As superintendent, Johnson has refused to cooperate with the federal governments efforts to round up undocumented immigrants. Johnson told the Chicago Tribune he had been toying with retirement for some time.feeds.reuters.com
Chicago police chief, who lowered homicide rate and tussled with Trump, to retire
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will retire from the department after handling three years of high-profile crimes and a federal probe into police shootings, while also lowering the citys homicide rate from a two-decade high, a police spokesman said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference at Chicago Police headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., February 21, 2019. Johnson had recently verbally tussled with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly assailed Chicagos crime rate. Johnson told the Chicago Tribune he had been toying with retirement for some time. A U.S. Justice Department investigation into Chicago police shootings found widespread excessive force and racial bias by police officers.feeds.reuters.com
Chicago police superintendent expected to announce retirement
CNN(CNN) - After more than 30 years with the Chicago Police, Superintendent Eddie Johnson is expected to announce that he is retiring, according to a department spokesman. Eddie Johnson will announce plans to retire as leader of the nation's second-largest police department," CPD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Thursday morning. According to CNN affiliate WLS, Johnson suggested he was considering retirement at a budget hearing earlier this week. The police superintendent said he thought he felt ill because of a change in his blood pressure medication. He told Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that he "had a couple of drinks with dinner."
Chicago top cop Eddie Johnson announces retirement
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, center. Johnson, a native Chicagoan, held just about every rank in his more than three decades career on the force. Wednesday, Johnson spoke of experiencing "the trauma of gun violence" firsthand as a child, like "too many children" in the city. I also saw how those who were sworn to protect our city instead relied on prejudice and intimidation," Johnson said. Johnson said Thursday the job has "taken a toll on my health, my family, my friends but my integrity remains intact."cbsnews.com
Chicago top cop Eddie Johnson announces retirement
In an emotional speech Thursday, Johnson said reducing shootings in the city plagued by gun violence has been "one of the greatest accomplishments of my career." Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, center. CBS Chicago"It's time for someone else to pin these four stars to their shoulders," Johnson said. Johnson, who joined the force as a patrolman in 1988, signaled earlier in the week that he was mulling retirement because he wanted to spend more time with family. Johnson, then the interim chief, hadn't even applied, but Emanuel eschewed the recommendations of the police board and chose him.cbsnews.com
Teen charged in shooting of 7-year-old trick-or-treater
Rob Kim/Getty Images(CNN) - A 15-year-old male has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of 7-year-old girl who was out trick-or-treating on Halloween, according to police. The teen is scheduled to appear in court Saturday to face two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery in the shooting, which also left a man wounded. The girl, dressed as a bumblebee, was trick-or-treating with her family around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Village neighborhood when a group of men chasing another man began shooting, Chicago police Sgt. Police believe the shooting was the result of a dispute between two gangs and multiple offenders were involved, but police do not have an exact number, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. Detectives recovered a firearm that may be connected to the shooting, Chicago police chief communications officer Anthony Guglielmi said via Twitter.
Chicago police tout declining crime amid spasms of gun violence
Getty Images(CNN) - Chicago police on Friday touted the lowest number of shootings and homicides of any October over the last four years even as spasms of gun violence continue to plaque some communities. Overall, homicides were down 11% and shootings 10% during the first 10 months of 2019. "That is progress but it's not cause for celebration," Johnson said of the overall crime numbers. Chicago police have sought to cut gun violence through a "comprehensive, all-hands-on-deck approach with community-based organizations, street outreach groups and law enforcement collaborating and coordinating resources and strategies," according to the statement. Chicago has been singled out by critics -- particularly President Donald Trump -- for its gun violence.
Watch: Trump addresses Chicago police amid tensions over his racial rhetoric, immigration policies
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order at the Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago on Monday after addressing the group. Trump's visit comes amid heightened tension between his administration and the city of Chicago. In 2016, Trump was forced to cancel a campaign rally half an hour before it started when violent protests broke out. "People are being shot left and right, thousands of people over a short period of time," Trump said in an ABC interview. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has chosen to skip the event due to Trump's immigration policies and race rhetoric.cnbc.com
Report: 16 officers participated in Laquan McDonald cover-up
Van Dyke was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison in January following his conviction of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. Van Dyke fired seconds after arriving on scene and took 15 seconds to fire 16 shots. Van Dyke continued to fire, unloading every round from his 9-mm Smith & Wesson handgun. They included police claims that McDonald pointed his knife at Van Dyke, who was forced to backpedal and fired to stop an imminent threat. The deputy chief also falsely said in Van Dyke's tactical response report that McDonald "continued to approach" the officer.
Man accused of shooting Chicago officer charged
AlexRaths /iStockphoto.com(CNN) - The man who allegedly shot a Chicago police officer on Saturday has been charged with four counts of attempted murder in that shooting as well as the shooting of a young girl last week, police said. The 40-year-old officer with the department's fugitive apprehension unit was part of a team trying to arrest Blackman in connection with a separate shooting, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. After Blackman's arrest, Guglielmi posted photos of a pistol recovered from the scene. "He posed a clear and present danger to the people of Chicago," Guglielmi said. Police say Blackman shot a woman Wednesday morning in the city's Fulton River District while he was riding a bicycle.
7 dead, 52 wounded in Chicago gun violence this weekend
The worst ever weekend of gun violence so far this year left seven people dead and an additional 52 people wounded in the third-largest American city, according to the Chicago Police Department. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Justice Department are helping Chicago police investigate the weekend's gun violence, Johnson said. Chicago police have posted photographs to both Facebook and Twitter of some of the legal and illegal guns officers have seized on the streets. Automatic firearms commonly referred to as "machine guns" fire continuously with a single trigger pull until the ammunition is depleted. Ownership of a machine gun made before then requires a federal permit and registration.
At capacity after shootings, Chicago hospital stops admissions
Scott Olson/Getty Images(CNN) - Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital temporarily stopped accepting patients Sunday morning because they were at capacity following a series of shootings, a hospital official said. The hospital went "on bypass" in the early morning, said Roberta Rakove, Senior VP for External Affairs. Mount Sinai Hospital is one of five trauma centers in Chicago, according to Rakove. At its height early Sunday morning, Mount Sinai had 12 trauma patients, Rakove said. Rakove could not say when Mount Sinai Hospital went "on bypass," but said it came "off bypass" at approximately 6:30 am.
3 girls charged in "sick and disgusting" attack on teen girl in Chicago
Three girls have been arrested in what police described as "sick and disgusting crimes," after a group of teens was caught on video beating a 15-year-old girl, CBS Chicago reports. Police Lt. Ozzie Valdez said the girls ages 13, 14 and 15 were charged in Sunday's attack. Two of the girls have been charged with aggravated battery and the other charged with mob action. Police said the teens who attacked the girl knew the victim before the attack, and she believed they were her friends. Valdez has said the girl met with several teens who "she thought were her friends" on the day of the attack.cbsnews.com
5 officers across the country shot and killed over the last 9 days
Washington An off-duty Chicago police officer is fighting for his life after being shot Wednesday. "The same gun violence that affects those living in our communities affects us also," Johnson said. Over the last nine days, five officers across the country have been shot and killed. Bodycam footage shows police officer ambushed with heavy gunfireDespite the spate of killings, officer fatalities are down 35% compared to the same time last year. "One of the issues that we need to deal with is that cumulative effect of stress and trauma on officers.cbsnews.com