Transcript for Chicago mayor fires police superintendent days before retirement
We go to Chicago now where the mayor has fired Eddie Johnson saying he lied about an incident where he was found passed out in his car. Alex Perez in Chicago with the latest. Rail lex. Reporter: Good morning, George. Until now the mayor had always publicly supported superintendent Johnson but the evidence presented to her, she says, proved he wasn't telling the truth. This morning, Chicago's top cop out of a job fired just days before he was set to retire after an inspector general report found what mayor Lori Lightfoot calls a series of ethical lapses. Announcing I terminated Eddie Johnson's employment as superintendent of the Chicago police department for cause effective immediately. Reporter: Lightfoot says the new report which included video evidence found Johnson lied after an incident in October when officers found him in a parked police vehicle asleep at the wheel. He intentionally misled the people of Chicago and he intentionally misled me. Reporter: At the time during a press conference Johnson claimed he had not taken his blood pressure medication. But on Monday after reviewing his claims, the city's mayor decided to expedite his dismissal and this morning, the Chicago tribune reporting that the surveillance footage shows him drinking, quote, for a few hours prior to the incident with a woman who is not his wife. The mayor declined to be more specific about the videotaped evidence hinting it could be hurtful to Johnson's family. We require a leader whose actions reflect the virtues of integrity, honor and legitimacy. The touchstones of what it takes to have the privilege of being a Chicago police officer. Reporter: Johnson in the spotlight earlier this year during the jussie smollett case accusing the actor of lying to his officers. Chicago's violent crime rate dropped under Johnson last month with the mayor by his side he unexpectedly announced he was retiring. The mayor now regretting that Had I known these facts at the time, I would have relieved of his duties as superintendent then and there. I certainly would not have participated in a celebratory press conference to announce his retirement. Reporter: And former L.A. Police chief Charlie beck now appointed superintendent here in the interim. George.
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