Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s choice not to go to the International Association of Chiefs of Authorities’s annual convention– where the president is scheduled to speak next week – prompted a vote of “no confidence” from the city’s Fraternal Order of Cops, the union that represents thousands of officers.
” He is the president of the United States. And, the truth of this exists are lots of times I have actually sat listening to speeches that I didn’t care for, and I certainly didn’t stroll out on them,” he stated.
Graham noted that the city of Chicago has actually “derived a good deal of assistance” from the president, especially with ATF representatives and federal prosecutors that “prosecute our gun laws since our local prosecutor hasn’t done the job.”
” And, it’s driven down the crime. Last month we took a thousand weapons off the street. Last month alone,” stated Graham.
The move comes after Johnson was positioned under examination by the city’s inspector general for dropping off to sleep at the wheel of a cars and truck last week. The event was at first credited to a change in his high blood pressure medication, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot later informed the Chicago Sun-Times that Johnson said he had actually had ” a couple of drinks with dinner” prior to driving.
While it is uncertain if that investigation directly affected the board’s vote, the union has decried Johnson’s decision to “disrespect” the president.
In a Facebook post, they composed that “Such a gesture would be an insult to both President Trump and the office of the presidency itself and would be a mark of disgrace upon the city through the entire country, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot“
In a statement provided on Wednesday, Johnson said that he “comprehend[s] and respect[s]” that the board is upset with his choice not to stand along with the president.
” As authorities officers, our job is to be the voice or the voiceless and ambassadors to the communities that we serve,” he stated. “I can’t in good conscience stand by while racial insults and hatred are cast from the oval workplace, or Chicago is imprisoned due to the fact that of our views on New Americans.”
Johnson’s spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi stated that “The values of the people of Chicago are more vital to [Johnson] than anything that could be discussed at that speech.”
Graham informed Doocy: “He has stated that he has problems with President Trump. And, my sensation is, there are lots of individuals that I have problems with however, the reality is when police officers are out on the street, we do not engage in political activity.
” The reality is that we are here to implement the laws and, unfortunately, the cops department doesn’t get to choose which laws they wish to enforce. We try to enforce them impartially and if you want laws altered, you go to that body and try to alter them,” he specified.
The see to Chicago will be Trump’s very first as president following years of criticism of the city’s violent criminal offense epidemic.