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Fired Chicago police chief issues statement on ouster, admits making 'a poor decision'

Fired Chicago police chief issues statement on ouster, admits making 'a poor decision'

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has issued a statement in response to his firing by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and admits he made "a poor decision" the night he was found by passersby asleep in his vehicle at a stop sign.

Lightfoot fired Johnson Monday morning, saying an ongoing investigation by the Inspector General shows Johnson lied to her and to the public about key facts surrounding the incident where Johnson claimed he became lightheaded and pulled over as a precaution before was discovered behind the wheel at around 12:30 a.m. on October 17.

In a statement published by the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Johnson wrote that while he was disappointed that he would not be able to serve as superintendent through the end of the year when he planned to retire, he respects Mayor Lightfoot's decision.

"I acknowledge that I made a poor decision and had a lapse of judgment on the night of October 16," Johnson continued.

Johnson has been replaced for the time being by his friend and former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Fox News reported.

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