Chicago’s interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says he’s never seen an instance of police misconduct because bad cops don’t engage in that sort of behavior in front of good cops.
In a conversation with CBS 2, Johnson revealed that in 27 years, he’s never seen one instance of police misconduct.
“I’ve actually never encountered police misconduct, cause you got to understand, officers that commit misconduct don’t do it in front of people that they think are going to hold them accountable for it,” Johnson said. “Now that I’m sitting in this chair, if I come across it, I will deal with it accordingly.”
This comment from Johnson contradicts a 2012 lawsuit filed by two Chicago officers claiming they were retaliated against after blowing the whistle on bad cops:
The two veteran Chicago police officers were sent to the Ida B. Wells public housing complex to work undercover and catch drug dealers. But what Shannon Spalding and Daniel Echeverria found was nothing their bosses wanted to know about, the officers allege in a whistle-blower lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.
The two officers, according to the lawsuit, discovered that colleagues on the police force were shaking down drug dealers and framing innocent people. But when they told their supervisors, they were told to “disregard” the wrongdoing. And when, as a last resort, they went to the FBI with their claims, high-ranking police officials labeled them “rats” and retaliated against them by putting them in do-nothing jobs.
“This is what will happen to you if you go against sworn personnel,” Spalding said in an interview at her lawyers’ office. “If you don’t want a code of silence, you don’t treat officers like this. … It’s cost us everything. My career is over. … Nobody wants to work with me anymore.”
Activists took to the streets in protest after Laquan McDonald was gunned down by a Chicago cop. Originally, officials claimed that Johnson lurched toward the officer, but dashcam video proved that story false.
“I think the relationship is fractured but I also thing we can regain their trust and that’s what I’m aiming to do,” Johnson insisted.
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