Chicago is getting shaken up by new Democrat mayor Lori Lightfoot. She has fired anti Trump police chief Eddie Johnson for drinking on the job.
Eddie Johnson is best well known for his rant against Jussie Smollett following his hoax hate crime.
President Trump however was still critical of Johnson and his refusal to show up for an event President Trump held in Chicago for police officers.
During Johnsons time as police chief Chicago has remained one of the most violent cities in the country despite strict gun control.
At a press conference, the city’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke furiously as she accused Johnson of deliberately ‘misleading’ her, the city and the police department when he claimed in October.
Johnson was found asleep behind the wheel of his car on October 17 at 12.30am after a member of the public called 911.
When an officer approached him, he blamed his drowsiness on a mix-up with medication he was taking and said he had had a ‘few’ drinks at dinner. He then gave the mayor the same story and said he had pulled over because it was the responsible thing to do. Johnson subsequently announced he would be retiring in December.
But after conducting an investigation into the incident which included reviewing surveillance footage of the night in question, Mayor Lightfoot said it was clear he lied about the incident.
She refused to say how, saying she wanted to protect his wife and children, but said it amounted to conduct that was ‘unbecoming’ of his position.
It rounds off a tumultuous year for Johnson, who is being sued by actor Jussie Smollett for alleging that he faked a racist attack on himself on January 29.
Johnson stood in front of reporters in February to accuse Smollett of staging the attack to get a raise on Empire.
It was an extraordinary step for a police chief, but he said he was furious at the way Smollett had allegedly manipulated his force.
Smollett insists he is innocent and that Johnson waged a campaign of unfair treatment against him.
Lightfoot was not in power at the time, but her predecessor Rahm Emanuel agreed with Johnson in his condemnation of Smollett.
On Monday, Lightfoot said of the recent, car incident: ‘It has become clear that Mr. Johnson engaged in a series of ethical lapses that are intolerable.
‘Mr. Johnson was intentionally dishonest with me and communicated a narrative replete with false statements regarding material aspects of the incident that happened in the early morning hours of October 17.
‘Had I known all the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there,’ she said.
Lightfoot, who took over from Mayor Rahm Emanuel – a solid ally of Johnson’s – added: ‘The old Chicago way must give way to the new reality.
‘There must be no mistake about the message I am sending today.’
Johnson was only weeks away from retiring.
He was found asleep near a stop sign in his car, not far from his home, on the night of the incident.
The police officer who responded did not test to see if he was sober, and he drove home after being woken up.
Afterwards, he told reporters that he normally would have had his driver with him but that he’d given him the night off after a long day of work.
He said he felt he had to pull over because he was tired and that he was meant to have taken medication but hadn’t.
‘How can I explain it? It’s just your body kind of gives you a warning with the high blood pressure thing that you may pass out, so I pulled over, stopped and I just rested myself until that feeling passed,’ he said.
Now, Lightfoot says that is a lie.
She however refused to get into the details of the Inspector General’s report on the subject, saying: ‘I will not comment today on specific details.
‘At some point, the report may become public. I do not feel that it’s appropriate for his wife or children to do so at this time.’