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Former LAPD Chief Named as Chicago's Interim Top Cop

Charlie Beck comes highly recommended by the law enforcement community, but not without criticism

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    Former LAPD Chief Named as Chicago's Interim Top Cop

    Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has been named the interim superintendent of the Chicago Police Department following Supt. Eddie Johnson's retirement announcement, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Friday, Nov. 8, 2019)

    Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has been named the interim superintendent of the Chicago Police Department following Supt. Eddie Johnson's retirement announcement, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday. 

    Johnson and Lightfoot joined Beck at City Hall Friday for an introduction to the city. 

    "I think he’s got, again, a record and a legacy of bridging a divide between community that’s really admirable," Lightfoot said in touting Beck's history as chief in LA. "This is a guy who knows how to get something done."  

    Johnson added that Beck is "a man of integrity that always tries to do his best." 

    Lightfoot Introduces New Interim Chicago Top Cop

    [CHI] Lightfoot Introduces New Interim Chicago Top Cop

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday announced former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has been named the interim superintendent of the Chicago Police Department following Supt. Eddie Johnson's retirement announcement.

     

    (Published Friday, Nov. 8, 2019)

    Beck's appointment drew praise from some in the law enforcement community, with former LAPD chief and NYC police commissioner Bill Bratton calling the decision a "good move."

    But he doesn't come without criticism. Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles put out a warning Friday to Chicago saying "you don't want him."

    Beck defended himself by saying, "What I think my legacy is in that community is making it safer and bringing together residents and police as a partnership and I stand by that." 

    When asked about the community group's concerns, Lightfoot said "there's always critics."

    "It comes with the job," she said. "Join the club."  

    The announcement allows Chicago's Police Board to begin its search for Johnson's official replacement - a job Beck said he would not take. 

    Chicago's New Interim Top Cop Introduces Himself

    [CHI] Chicago's New Interim Top Cop Introduces Himself

    Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Friday expressed his excitement to take on the role of Chicago's interim top cop in the wake of Eddie Johnson's retirement announcement. "This department can be the change," he said. "This department can be the glue that binds this city together."

    (Published Friday, Nov. 8, 2019)

    "No I would not," he said when asked if he would want the position. "First of all I think it's important to the process that I be absolutely honest with Chicago and say that and then stick to my word."

    Lightfoot would not confirm rumors earlier this week on who might be on the list, saying she had not begun the process of looking for a replacement for Johnson. 

    "I’ve seen a lot of speculation about different names, some of which are wildly offbase," she said Wednesday. 

    Johnson, who officially announced his retirement Thursday, will continue to serve through the end of the year, Lightfoot said. 

    "CPD needs strong leadership and I want the next top cop to continue making improvements to public safety and in the department that I love," Johnson said.  

    Lightfoot acknowledged Thursday that Johnson "continues to have my unwavering confidence and support." 

    Former LAPD Chief Expected to Be Named Interim 'Top Cop'

    Former LAPD Chief Expected to Be Named Interim 'Top Cop'

    Former LA Police Chief Charlie Beck is expected to be named interim Chicago police chief, though the mayor's office would not confirm the move Thursday. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019)

    "He took on a job he did not apply for at a time when our city could have come apart," she said. 

    She noted on Friday that "a lot of valuable work has already been done," saying "the infrastructure that [Johnson] put in place was built to last."

    Beck, she said, "is going to be able to walk into a very good department that has very good relationships with members of the community." 

    Watch Supt. Eddie Johnson's Full Retirement Speech

    [CHI] Watch Supt. Eddie Johnson's Full Retirement Speech

    Watch as Eddie Johnson announces his retirement from his post as the Chicago's top cop. 

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019)

    Johnson said Thursday he was stepping down to spend more time with his family. He noted, however, that he's not done working. 

    "It's time for someone else to pin these four stars to their shoulders," he said on the verge of tears in a press conference. "These stars can sometimes feel like carrying the weight of the world, but I'm confident that I leave CPD in a better place than when I became superintendent." 

    Johnson acknowledged that being the city's top cop "has taken its toll."

    Lightfoot on Johnson Retirement: 'This is a Tough Moment'

    [CHI] Lightfoot on Johnson Retirement: 'This is a Tough Moment'

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot reacts to Supt. Eddie Johnson's retirement announcement. 

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019)

    "Taken a toll on my health, my family, my friends, but my integrity remains in tact," he said. 

    The decision comes days after Johnson, who is currently the center of an investigation, said he was considering retirement so he could spend more time with his family. 

    Johnson told reporters that his decision was not related to the recent investigation into an incident in which he was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV. 

    WATCH: Emotional Eddie Johnson Announces Retirement

    [CHI] WATCH: Emotional Eddie Johnson Announces Retirement

    Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson was on the verge of tears as he announced his retirement Thursday. 

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019)

    Lightfoot said Johnson admitted to her that he "had a couple of drinks" before he was found asleep behind the wheel of his car last month at a stop sign.

    Johnson initially said a change in medication triggered the incident and he felt "lightheaded" while driving, but Lightfoot later clarified during an interview with the Sun-Times that Johnson revealed "he had a couple of drinks with dinner." 

    Johnson ordered an internal investigation of the incident, citing the need for "transparency."

    Supt. Eddie Johnson Admits to Having Drinks Before Health Scare

    [CHI] Supt. Eddie Johnson Admits to Having Drinks Before Health Scare

    Chicago Police Dept. Superintendent Eddie Johnson admitted to having "a few drinks" before a a health scare happened on early Thursday morning. NBC 5's Lexi Sutter reports.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

    "Whether you are a police officer or a superintendent, all officers ought to be held to the highest standard," Johnson said through a spokesperson. 

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