Supt. Johnson Defends Bill To Crack Down On Carjackers

Craig Dellimore
May 21, 2018 - 5:36 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is defending proposed legislation that would make it easier for authorities to jail suspected carjackers.

Last week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle criticized an Illinois Senate bill that would help police hold suspects in possession of stolen vehicles.  

Preckwinkle said the bill would not contribute to public safety. She said it’s part of an Illinois tradition of jailing black and brown people who do not commit violent acts.

Johnson disagrees. He said the bill would target carjacking suspects who used a weapon during the crime, even if they didn’t fire it. Just because a suspect did not fire his weapon in one crime doesn't mean he won't fire it the next time. 

And Johnson, an African American, bristles at the notion that the Police want to put more people of color behind bars. 

Johnson talked with reporters after helping welcome a new class of recruits at the Police Academy.