Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson announces his retirement Thursday, June 30, 2006 –
Johnson – head of the nation's second-largest municipal police force with 13,500 officers -said he's
"It's time for someone else to pick up four stars to their shoulders," to emotionally Johnson, flanked by his family and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, told reporters.
Johnson, 60, was discovered slumbering behind the wheel of his SUV in the early morning hours of Oct. 17 after a motorist called 911, Chicago police said. Sun Johnson said that Johnson had said he had a drink with dinner before the incident.
While Johnson and Lightfoot are declined to discuss
"This job has taken a toll ̵
"This job has taken a toll on my health, my family, my friends," Johnson said. "But my integrity has remained intact."
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Chicago recalled attending a memorial to slain Chicago police officer with Mayor Lightfoot in September.
"The mayor and I were sitting next to the waterfall when I sat down in." that seat, I'm leaning over it and whispering over it, '"
The superintendent said he made the final decision to retire in early October after a letter family vacation to London when they came out to the Chicago Bears.
"It made me feel normal, and I saw them and how they pretty much did that," he said.  For the past 3 ½ years, Johnson's police force has been fighting – and making some small dents into – Chicago's infamous murder rate.
The city ended 2018 with 565 homicides, down from 660 homicides in 2017 and 777 in 2016, according to Chicago police data.
Still, thos e numbers are shocking in comparison to other large U.S. cities. For example, there were 295 homicides in New York, America's largest city, in 2018 while259 people were slain in Los Angeles last year.
Lightfoot praised Johnson, who grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Chicago, after spending some of his childhood at the Cabrini-Green public housing project.
"Chicago is better because Superintendent Eddie Johnson calls our great city home and because he's dedicated to serving life," she said Thursday.
Earlier this year, Chicago's top policeman hussed racist and homophobic slurs at him.
Chicago police could not find evidence of the attack and then accused Smollett of pulling an elaborate hoax.
Smollett had been originally indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly filing a false report.
"I'm offended by what's happened and I 'so angry,' Johnson said of Smollett on Feb. 21. "I love the city of Chicago and the Chicago police department, and it's all but this publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago did not earn and certainly did not To make things worse, the accusations in this period have been choreographed by an actor. "
Johnson was appointed to his job by then -Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is slaving in a black hole, is laughing. Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke, who is now convicted of second-degree murder.