Chicago Mayor Lightfoot fires police chief for lying about October 17 incident: mayor’s office

FILE PHOTO: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference at Chicago Police headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Lott/File Photo

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday fired the city’s Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for lying to her about an incident on the night of Oct. 17 when he was found asleep in his car.

Johnson’s termination comes three weeks after he announced that he was retiring after leading the second-largest U.S. police force for three years.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 17, patrol officers found Johnson, 59, in his car. Johnson initially said he had fallen asleep due to blood pressure medication, but local media later reported that he told Lightfoot he had a “couple of drinks” before driving.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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