Seven Chicago police officers were disciplined for their actions last night that found the city’s top police officer passing behind the wheel of his outgoing department SUV.
Police were punished by suspensions, according to a Chicago inspector general who found that former superintendent Eddie Johnson was dropping the equivalent of 10 rum drinks that night.
Officials punished for their response to the incident include a district commander, Don Jerome, and a lieutenant, public radio station WBEZ reported on Friday.
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Jerome was suspended for 28 days for not reporting wrongdoing, and the lieutenant was suspended for 21 days, according to the station.
The police department suspended the lieutenant after rejecting a recommendation from IG Joseph Ferguson that the officer was fired for lying about the incident, the station reported.
“Multiple sworn CPD personnel failed to perform their duties in accordance with the handling policy and after” the incident, the report said.
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While stopping to find officers involved in a cover-up, Ferguson concludes that the officers ’actions create the impression of giving the supervisor more topical treatment.
The release of the report came a year on the day of the incident which led to the firing on Johnson by Mayor Lori Lightfoot for lying about it.
It also came a day after former Johnson driver Cynthia Donald, who was having a drink with him that night, filed a sexual assault and harassment lawsuit against Johnson. Johnson denied his allegation.
The IG report, which did not name Donald, said a seven-day suspension was passed on to a police officer who “consumed several large servings of rum while in a restaurant with the CPD manager” and “later drove” a vehicle, Reported by WBEZ.
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Donald’s lawyer, Robert McLaughlin, emailed the Chicago Tribune to dispute the inspector general’s findings that he was drunk that night when he returned home, The Associated Press reported.