Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says She Still Has Police Supt. Eddie Johnson's Back

Mike Krauser
October 24, 2019 - 10:24 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is standing by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

"He's not leaving anytime soon, I can tell you that," Lightfoot said.

Mayor Lightfoot was asked about the superintendent during a meeting with the Tribune's editorial board.

"This is a guy who has sacrificed a tremendous amount for the city over the last three and a half years. He stepped into a breach at a time when our city really couldn't come apart...I have a lot of confidence in the superintendent," Lightfoot said. "Obviously there is an ongoing investigation. It is important that we let that be independent, but it has to be expeditious and it has to be thorough." 

This question comes up following the incident in which the police superintendent was found slumped over the wheel of his car, following a dinner with friends. Police responded to the scene. Johnson said he had felt ill and had pulled over, and had admitted to the Mayor that he had a couple drinks.

The city's inspector general is investigating the incident.

The FOP's Board of Directors said it has no confidence in Johnson, after his decision not to attend President Trump's speech to police chiefs here next week. The union said that is an insult.