The news is out: [Chicago’s former police superintendent “consumed several large servings of rum” before getting behind the wheel and then lied about the incident, a city watchdog revealed on Thursday.
Eddie Johnson was fired by Mayor Lori Lightfoot this past Dec. 2 just weeks before he was set to retire, capping a turbulent three-year tenure as head of a department marked by controversial police shootings, court-supervised reforms and its handling of high-profile arrests.
Johnson’s downfall came following an Oct. 16 dinner he had with a fellow officer who served as his driver and worked on the superintendent’s security detail, according to a report by the city’s Office of Inspector General.
The two “each consumed several large servings of rum” and private surveillance video showed Johnson driving the pair away, the oversight report said.
After dropping off his subordinate at Chicago Police Department headquarters at about 10:30 p.m., Johnson drove about two miles before parking near 34th Place and Aberdeen Street.
“The superintendent remained there, parked illegally with his vehicle running, until a member of the public called 911 and reported seeing a man asleep in his vehicle,” according to the report.
An officer showed up at 12:33 a.m., now Oct. 17, and allegedly asked Johnson: “Sir, you alright?”
The officer’s body camera recorded Johnson pulling out what appeared to be his Chicago PD identification, according to the report.
“Wanna go, umm, you just sitting here, or do you wanna go home?” the responding officer reportedly said.
No field sobriety test was administered, the report found.
A supervising police officer was eventually called to the scene before Johnson was allowed to leave at about 12:46 a.m., followed by two CPD vehicles.
He blew through one stop sign and turned into a wrong lane before eventually getting home in one piece, the report found.
“In addition to driving while impaired, the superintendent made two false statements to the public during a press conference on” Oct. 17 — that he had been out with a friend, not another Chicago PD officer, and that he had ordered an internal investigation, which he did not, according to the Office of Inspector General.]
These pillars of society get drunk, lied, beat up their wives and kids. It’s all part of the job, it seems.