Chicago’s top police official reportedly told Mayor Lori Lightfoot that he had “a couple of drinks” after officers found him sleeping behind the wheel of his car last week; blaming the incident on his failure to take prescribed heart medication.
“Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson admitted to Mayor Lori Lightfoot that he had ‘a couple of drinks’ Wednesday night before he fell asleep in his car after pulling over when he felt ill,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
“In remarks to reporters Thursday night, Johnson blamed the incident on his failure to take his blood pressure medication,” adds the newspaper. “Officers responding to a 911 call found him asleep in his parked car near his home in the Bridgeport neighborhood at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.”
“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,” said Johnson.
“As I’ve said before, every officer, regardless of ranks, must uphold themselves to the highest standards, and that includes me,” he said.
Johnson made national headlines earlier this year during his public feud with ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett.
Read the full report at the Chicago Tribune.
CHICAGO BURNING: City Officials Blame THE WEATHER for Sudden MURDER Spike
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s top law enforcement officials urged the public to remain calm as the region’s crime crisis spiraled out of control this week; suggesting “hot temperatures” was the main reason behind the recent spike in murders.
“When it’s very hot outside, we have multiple areas with crowds. … An offender, or some type of rival gang sees a large group of people,” said Chief of Patrol Fred Waller. “They take advantage of that opportunity, and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit.”
Mayor Emanuel became visibly emotional while speaking on the Windy City’s South Side Monday, saying “We have a heavy heart. Our souls are burdened.”
“What we saw this weekend, it just rips at everything that I believe in,” added Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
The press conference came just hours after the city struggled to come to terms with a stunning spike in violence in a small 48-hour period, with 12 people dead and over 70 injured in gang warfare throughout Chicago.
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CHICAGO PD: Smollett Staged Attack, Sent Letter Because ‘He was Dissatisfied with Salary’
New details continued to emerge surrounding ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s arrest Thursday, with the Chicago Police Department saying the celebrity “staged” the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”
“JUST IN: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: Jussie Smollett ‘paid $3,500 to stage this attack…The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” posted ABC News.
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— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2019
“Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic, and political language. When that didn’t’ work Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack… Why? The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” confirmed the police department.