Chicago’s police superintendent fired just days before he was to retire

The city’s mayor accused Eddie Johnson, who was largely popular in the city, of lying about an incident in October in which officers found him unconscious in his SUV.
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tonight, and to Chicago, where the city's police chief has been fired by the mayor just weeks before his retirement. The mayor citing ethical lapses that she said were, quote, intolerable. The mayor saying the police chief lied to her repeatedly after he was found asleep parked behind the wheel of his SUV. But the mayor not revealing all today. She said out of ref dense to the chief's wife and his family. Here's ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: Tonight, Chicago's top cop, police superintendent Eddie Johnson, fired, just weeks before he was set to retire. After reviewing an inspector general's report and video evidence, the city's mayor says evidence, without being specific, the city's mayor says Johnson lied about an October incident when officers found him unconscious in his SUV. Johnson claimed he hadn't taken his blood pressure medication and had had a few drinks with dinner. He intentionally mislead the people of Chicago and he intentionally mislead me. Reporter: Johnson, who was largely popular in Chicago, gained national attention earlier this year during the jussie smollett case. Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? Reporter: Just last month, the mayor celebrated Johnson's more than 30-year career as a police officer. But today, an about-face. The major saying he demonstrated "A series of ethical lapses" she called "Intolerable." This moment needs to be a turning point for the Chicago police department and then way things are done in this city. Reporter: It is unclear at this time if Johnson will be entitled to his pension. The mayor declined to comment about specifics about the case, in deference to Johnson's wife and children, however the inspector general's report could ultimately be made public. David? Linsey, thank you. Next tonight, police in new

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