Emanuel Defends Top Cop After Remarks From Preckwinkle

Craig Dellimore
December 17, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Rahm Emanuel (WBBM Newsradio)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Emanuel on Monday strongly defended Police Supt. Eddie Johnson against criticism from a mayoral candidate who threatened to fire the top cop, if elected.

Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board president, told the Chicago Sun-Times she would get rid of Johnson because she says he refused to acknowledge that there was a code of silence within the Chicago Police Department.

Johnson said he doesn’t deny that possibility but told a court he hadn’t personally seen it happen.

After welcoming a new class of police recruits, Mayor Emanuel defended his superintendent. He said Johnson has helped usher in a number of reforms in the wake of the Laquan McDonald scandal.

Emanuel stressed he is not trying not to get involved in the mayor’s race.