World News – US – Chicago officer sues ex-chief for sexual harassment

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Don Babwin, Associated Press

Don Babwin, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago police officer filed a sexual assault complaint against former police commissioner Eddie Johnson, who was drinking with her the night he was found asleep while driving his SUV

In her lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, Cynthia Donald also said Johnson destroyed evidence of their relationship on their cellphone as part of an investigation into Johnson’s movements that night -the

Donald’s lawsuit alleges Johnson sexually harassed her, forced her to engage in sexual acts and even texted him nude photos between 2016 and 2019 after assigning her to his details, then as driver In one incident, she alleges Johnson forced her to sit on a sofa, pulled her pants down without her consent and engaged in a sexual act, telling her, « Now you know you’re mine. »

« Superintendent Johnson used his position of power and authority over the plaintiff to pressure her into engaging in these sexual acts by conditioning her employment and progress within (the Chicago Police Department ) to her submission to unwanted and unwanted sexual activity, promising her promotions, and berating her whenever she mustered the courage to resist his advances, ”the lawsuit alleges

The lawsuit also names the city as the defendant, alleging that Mayor Lori Lightfoot « exacerbated the hostile work environment by ordering Superintendent Johnson to ‘dump’ the complainant by moving her away from the CPD headquarters « 

Lightfoot’s office referred questions about the lawsuit to the city’s legal department The legal department did not immediately respond to a request for comment

The lawsuit comes as the department was due to announce on Thursday possible disciplinary action against officers involved in the October 2019 incident in which Johnson, after a night of drinking, was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle and authorized by officers to return home

According to previously released reports, Donald was suspected of damaging his police-issued cell phone and removing his data card before investigators could examine it It was not immediately clear if Donald was one of the officers to be suspended

The trial is the latest chapter in the dramatic downfall of Johnson, a popular police chief, Lightfoot, sacked in December 2019 for what she said were lies he told her about his actions that night- the While Johnson admitted to the mayor that he had had ‘a few drinks’ that night, he blamed his condition on a change in his blood pressure medication

Later media reports and surveillance footage from a Chicago bar revealed he had been drinking heavily that night

Shortly after his dismissal, Johnson released a statement through his lawyer admitting he made a « bad decision » but claiming that he had not « intentionally misled or deceived » anyone

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Officers responding to a 911 call from someone reporting a man asleep driving his idling vehicle did not issue citations for Johnson Instead, they escorted him home, following him , according to Ferguson’s report, as he ran a stop sign and drove for a short time in the wrong lane

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File photo of former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Photo by REUTERS / Joshua Lott

Don Babwin, Associated Press

Don Babwin, Associated Press

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World News – United States – Chicago officer sues former chief for sexual harassment


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