New Interim Police Superintendent Demotes Commander Anthony Escamilla, Plans Other Department Changes

Mike Krauser
December 04, 2019 - 9:32 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The interim CPD Superintendent, fresh on the job after the firing on Monday of Superintendent Eddie Johnson, has started making changes in the department under his leadership. 

He's starting with demoting 25th District Commander Anthony Escamilla to the rank of captain. The inspector general recommended Escamilla be fired for having officers babysit his special needs child.

Eddie Johnson suspended the former commandor for only a week. 

Charlie Beck also said there are a number of people retiring from high-ranking positions that will need to be filled.

"Changes are natural," Beck said during a press conference, keeping mum on exact people and other positions he plans to move around. 

Several high-ranking officers already retired and more will retire soon, he said. It's not clear if they have any correlation to Johnson's Oct. 16 and the alleged cover-up that is under investigation.

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