Chicago Police Superintendent Says He's 'Toying With' The Idea Of Retirement
Chicago, IL – Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that he’s considering retirement but that it has nothing to do with the investigation or the “no confidence” vote by the police union’s leadership.
Superintendent Johnson told the Chicago Tribune that he’s considering making “another chapter” in his life, but it has nothing to do with the investigation of him falling asleep on the side of a street in his police vehicle in October.
The superintendent spoke with reporters at City Hall during a break in budget hearings and said he had recently realized how much his family has had to give up in order for him to be the top cop in the city.
He said a family trip to London to cheer for the Chicago Bears brought things into focus, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“I have given 31 years now to this city, and almost four as superintendent,” Superintendent Johnson said. “You know, but I recognize also that at some point it’s time to create another chapter in your life.”
“And I will tell you all this: When my family and I went to London for the Bears game, that’s the first vacation like that that I’ve had since I became superintendent,” he continued. “And I looked at my family and it made me realize how much of a sacrifice you make for your family when you take on positions like this.”
The superintendent told reporters that he has been “toying with” the idea of retiring for “some time,” the Chicago Tribune.
Both Superintendent Johnson and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tried to dispel rumors of his impending resignation during a press conference on Oct. 21.
“What I will say to you is this: I am not resigning, but when it comes to the investigation, I have the answers you all are looking for, of course,” the superintendent said. “But because there is an investigation pending now, I really can’t talk about that, because I don’t want to be accused of trying to steer an investigation one way or another. Because remember, there’s going to be folks that have to be interviewed, and I don’t want to prejudice that interview by saying something publicly.”
Superintendent Johnson initially told reporters that he had pulled over because he was woozy from a blood pressure medication switch-up a few days earlier.
He was busted for not having mentioned that he had also been drinking when the mayor said something about it to reporters later.
The superintendent called for an investigation into the incident but questions have continued to swirl around the nap he took on the way home from cocktails and dinner with friends.
Less than a week after the napping incident, Superintendent Johnson infuriated the Chicago police union when he refused to attend a speech by President Donald Trump at the International Association of Police Chiefs conference in his city.
The superintendent let it be known that he thought the President’s beliefs were contrary to the city of Chicago.
“While the superintendent is looking forward to leading the International Chiefs of Police Conference and he’s looking forward to participating in discussions about making our communities safer, he will not be attending the speech of the president because the values of the people of Chicago are more important to him than anything the president has to say,” Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
But that didn’t sit well with the rank and file of the Chicago Police Department.
“The FOP would be extremely disappointed if Superintendent Eddie Johnson would disrespect President Trump by not attending the President’s speech at the convention, as has been suggested in the media,” the police union posted on its official Facebook page. “Such a gesture would be an insult to both President Trump and the office of the presidency itself and would be a mark of disgrace upon the city throughout the entire nation, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot.”
But the top cop in the city President Trump likes to point to as a crime-infested example of everything that is wrong with sanctuary cities held firm in his boycott.
Chicago has been a sanctuary city since 1985 when then-Mayor Harold Washington issued an executive order prohibiting city agencies from asking about immigration status, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Superintendent Johnson remained unfazed in his response, the WBBM reported.
“While today’s decision is from the Board and not the active FOP membership, I understand and respect that the Lodge is upset about the decision to not stand with the President,” the superintendent said in a statement. “As police officers, our job is to be the voice for the voiceless and ambassadors to the communities that we serve. I can’t in good conscience stand by while racial insults and hatred are cast from the oval office or Chicago is held hostage because of our views on new Americans.”
FOP Second Vice President Martin Preib called the superintendent's comments yet another attempt to "divide and conquer" the rank and file of the police department.
"Our membership has been disgruntled with the superintendent for a long time," Preib said.
He told Blue Lives Matter that Superintendent Johnson's plan to snub the President just "embarrasses the city."