Several Chicago police employees are under investigation for allegedly covering up fired Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s indiscretions, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The alleged cover-up took place “that night and the next day” and could end up being “even worse than” the incident itself, said a source familiar with the investigation. The cover-up was designed to conceal the circumstances surrounding Johnson’s Oct. 17 drinking and driving incident that Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Johnson lied about, prompting her to fire him weeks before his retirement. Johnson was found slumped over in his police SUV at around 12:30 a.m. that day after dismissing his driver and trying to drive himself home.
Rather than having “a couple of drinks” during a “dinner with friends,” as Johnson told the mayor, sources said he spent three hours drinking at a restaurant known for pouring large drinks to patrons from the nearby Chicago Board of Trade with a woman whom he had promoted to his security detail shortly after becoming the city’s top cop. Johnson and the woman are seen on restaurant video kissing repeatedly. The woman told investigators that both she and Johnson have troubled marriages and that they frequently talk to each other. Johnson he said he did not “intentionally mislead or deceive the mayor or the people” of Chicago. He said he “made a poor decision” in October, but people should “be judged by the entirety of our lives and not on what happened on our worst days.”