Eddie Johnson’s decision apparently prompted the board of the city’s police union to issue a no-confidence vote in him.
“While today’s decision is from the Board and not the active (Fraternal Order of Police) membership, I understand and respect that the Lodge is upset about the decision to not stand with the president,” Johnson said in a statement released by the Chicago Police Department. “As police officers, our job is to be the voice for the voiceless and ambassadors to the communities that we serve. I can’t in good conscience stand by while racial insults and hatred are cast from the Oval Office, or Chicago is held hostage because of our views on New Americans.”
The admittance came on a phone call with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department said Johnson had recently changed his medication and reported feeling exhausted. An internal investigation has been opened into the matter at Johnson’s request.
A Chicago police spokesperson told CNN, “While we have no indication of impropriety at this time, this question can only be answered by the internal affairs Investigation. That investigation [is] active and ongoing.”
CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to clarify that the Chicago police spokesperson said the internal investigation into Johnson continues.