Seven Chicago police officers were disciplined for their actions the night the best cop in town passed out behind the wheel of his department-issued SUV.
The police were punished with suspensions, according to the inspector general of Chicago, who found that the then superintendent Eddie Johnson had had the equivalent of 10 rum drinks that evening.
Officers fined for responding 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 reporting no 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 to dismiss the officer for lying about the incident, the station reported.
“Several sworn CPD personnel have not performed their duties effectively in accordance with incident management and consequences guidelines,” the report said.
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Ferguson paused before discovering the officers were involved in a cover-up, concluding that the officers’ actions created the impression that they were granting the superintendent preferential treatment.
The report was released a year after the day of the incident that ultimately led to Mayor Lori Lightfoot firing Johnson for lying about it.
It also comes a day after Johnson’s former driver, Cynthia Donald, who drank with him that night, filed a sexual assault and harassment lawsuit against Johnson. Johnson has denied her allegations.
The IG report, which does not name Donald, states that a seven-day ban was passed on to a police officer who “ate several large portions of rum in a restaurant with the CPD superintendent” and “later drove home in a city vehicle” , Reported WBEZ.
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Donald’s attorney, Robert McLaughlin, emailed the Chicago Tribune to deny the Inspector General’s findings that she was drunk when she drove home that night, The Associated Press reported.