7 Chicago officers suspended in scandal involving disgraced former high cop Eddie Johnson
Seven Chicago cops have been disciplined for his or her actions the evening the town’s high cop was discovered handed out behind the wheel of his department-issued SUV.
The cops have been punished with suspensions, in response to the Chicago inspector normal who discovered that then-superintendent Eddie Johnson downed the equal of 10 rum drinks that evening.
The officers punished for his or her response to the incident embrace a district commander, Don Jerome, and a lieutenant, public radio station WBEZ reported Friday.
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Jerome was suspended for 28 days for failing to report misconduct, and the lieutenant was suspended for 21 days, in response to the station.
The police division suspended the lieutenant after rejecting a advice from IG Joseph Ferguson that the officer be fired for mendacity in regards to the incident, the station reported.
“A number of sworn CPD personnel did not successfully perform their duties in compliance with coverage within the dealing with and aftermath” of the incident, the report says.
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Whereas stopping wanting discovering the officers engaged in a cover-up, Ferguson concluded that the officers’ “actions created the impression of giving the superintendent preferential therapy.”
The report’s launch got here a yr to the day of the incident which finally led to Johnson’s firing by Mayor Lori Lightfoot for mendacity about it.
It additionally comes a day after Johnson’s former driver Cynthia Donald, who was ingesting with him that evening, filed a sexual assault and harassment lawsuit towards Johnson. Johnson has denied her allegations.
The IG report, which doesn’t title Donald, stated a seven-day suspension was handed all the way down to a cop who “consumed a number of giant servings of rum whereas at a restaurant with the CPD superintendent” and “later drove residence” in a metropolis car, WBEZ reported.
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Donald’s legal professional, Robert McLaughlin, emailed the Chicago Tribune to dispute the inspector normal’s findings that she was intoxicated that evening when she drove residence, The Related Press reported.