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Chicago Police Department Rejects Use-of-Force Reforms as Ex-Chief Accused of Rape

HeadlineOct 16, 2020

In Chicago, ex-Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is being accused of repeatedly raping and abusing his former driver and fellow police officer. In a lawsuit filed late Wednesday, officer Cynthia Donald says Johnson committed “shockingly violent” acts of sexual assault against her for over three years and later destroyed the evidence on his cellphone when the city’s inspector general launched an investigation into Johnson’s conduct. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson last year following mounting accusations of misconduct and after he was found asleep at the wheel after a night of heavy drinking.

This comes as the Chicago Police Department says it will only accept five of the 155 proposed changes to its use-of-force policy suggested by a group of community leaders. The 20-member group was appointed after the May police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

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