Police Superintendent Blasts Article About Chicago Cop's Murder

Craig Dellimore
April 10, 2018 - 5:30 pm

Chicago Police

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson is livid about a magazine article that seems to compare the lives of gunned down Chicago Police Comdr. Paul Bauer and the man charged with murdering him.

The Chicago Magazine article details the lives of Bauer and Shomari Legghette, who allegedly shot him to death.

The article traces the life of Bauer until the day in February when he was gunned down at a stairwell outside the Thompson Center. The piece also profiles Legghetti, who was interviewed at length.

Legghette at one point compares himself to Trayvon Martin, the Florida youth shot to death by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer. Johnson says the accused cop killer shouldn’t be mentioned alongside Bauer.

Legghette was arrested wearing body armor and — prosecutors say — used a handgun to shoot Bauer down.

Johnson says the magazine should have been open with Bauer’s widow, about the broader scope of the article. Mrs. Bauer was interviewed for the article.

“Quite frankly, I think it’s just an insult to everything that I stand for and everything the law-abiding people in this city stand for,” Johnson said, following an appearance Monday at the City Club.

“Our intention was to understand the factors that contributed to this awful tragedy, and that included fully exploring the life of the man accused of killing Commander Paul Bauer,” Chicago Magazine Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Susanna Homan said in an email to WBBM Newsradio. “Crime is the most pressing issue facing our city, and if we don’t attempt to understand why it happens, we will never be able to fully address it.