BGA Sues For Records Of Supt. Johnson's Encounter With Cops

Steve Miller
November 12, 2019 - 9:27 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Better Government Association is suing the Chicago Police Department in hopes of getting documents and video related to the incident last month when Supt. Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his parked car. 

WBBM's Steve Miller reports.

The BGA made a request under the Freedom of Information Act -- for reports, dash cam and body cam videos from the early morning hours of Oct. 17 -- when Johnson was found asleep in his car.

Police denied the request because of an "ongoing investigation with the city's Office of Inspector General."

The BGA is suing the police, saying the department is in willful violation of the public records law.

Johnson announced last week he is retiring at the end of the year. He has blamed medication for his episode behind the wheel. Mayor Lightfoot has said Johnson told her he'd had a "couple of drinks" that evening.