VIDEO: Ex-Chicago Police Superintendent Asleep At Wheel

Steve Miller
June 29, 2020 - 5:30 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city of Chicago on Monday released documents and an officer’s bodycam video of the October 2019 incident that led to the firing of Eddie Johnson as police superintendent.

“I think somebody’s asleep. They’re parked in a stop sign in a car at like 34th and Aberdeen,” a caller told 9-1-1 just after midnight.

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Police arrived.

“Sir, sir? You all right?,” an officer asks the occupant of an SUV. It’s Johnson, who is seen sleeping.

Johnson, now conscious, looks for his ID and then shows it to the officer.

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The officer asks if Johnson wants to sit there or go home.

Johnson says: “I’m good.”

The then-superintendent said his medication was responsible for making him fall asleep at the wheel.

Later, it was reported that he’d been drinking with a woman at Ceres Bar in the Loop.

Mayor Lightfoot, who said there were inconsistencies in Johnson’s story, fired him before his retirement date.