Chicago's FOP Leery Of New Superintendent Search

Nancy Harty
December 02, 2019 - 5:19 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Now that Eddie Johnson is out as Chicago's top cop, the police union has reservations about the search for his replacement.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 gave Johnson a vote of “no confidence” after he skipped President Trump's speech here in October. 

The news that Mayor Lightfoot fired Johnson Monday didn't come as a surprise to union Vice President Martin Preib.

As the search ramps up for a new superintendent Preib says, “We don't have much faith in the Chicago Police Board. We don't think their decisions have been fair.”

The mayor has said she hopes Johnson's firing is a turning point for the police department and that a culture change will come.

Preib says he understands the mayor's desire to create a department that's accountable and transparent but says a decision over the weekend flies in the face of that.

He was referring to the decision to put an officer on desk duty after he was seen in a video slamming a man to the ground. 

As for the interim superintendent, Preib said the union has no experience with Charlie Beck but pledges to work with him on issues they have in common.