Ex-Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is being accused of committing “shockingly violent” acts of sexual assault in opposition to an officer, who was additionally his former driver, on the evening in the end resulting in his firing final yr.
In keeping with the Chicago Tribune, in a lawsuit filed late Wednesday (October 14), Officer Cynthia Donald claims Johnson raped and abused her repeatedly for over three years, and later destroyed proof of the alleged abuse on his telephone when town Inspector Common investigated his conduct.
Johnson was long seen as a figure who would reform the division usually draped in controversy when he was employed 4 years in the past. As a substitute he was fired after being discovered asleep on the wheel on a metropolis avenue, allegedly after an evening of ingesting, after which mendacity about it to Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
“My hope in coming ahead publicly … is that different girls who’re additionally survivors of abuse and harassment by Superintendent Johnson and different male Chicago Police Division officers can have braveness,” Donald mentioned at a information convention Thursday, in accordance with the Tribune.
She continued: “The Chicago Police Division and metropolis of Chicago have to be held accountable for what occurred to me, and what’s probably occurring day-after-day to different feminine Chicago law enforcement officials identical to me.”
Tom Needham, Johnson’s legal professional, mentioned on Thursday that the previous police chief “adamantly” denies the sexual misconduct allegations.
The lawsuit comes after revelations that some officers are dealing with suspension for his or her roles within the incident. The inspector basic is predicted to launch a quarterly report on Friday with a abstract of his investigation of the complete incident.