Body camera footage released by Chicago’s Law Department this afternoon shows a brief interaction lasting less than two minutes from the time officers exited their cars. They were responding to a 911 call of "man slumped over wheel," released documents said. The call was made by a passerby, the documents said.
Two officers walk up to either side of Johnson's black Tahoe SUV, shining a flashlight onto his sleeping face, then turn their flashlights off. Johnson was in the car alone.
“Sir? Sir?” the officer asks, knocking on the window. “You all right? You good?” the officer says, then asks for Johnson’s identification. Fumbling a bit in the dark, Johnson then holds his identification up to the window.
“You just sitting here or you wanna go AG亚洲国际游戏home?” the officer asks.
“I’m good,” Johnson says.
“All right, sir, have a good night,” the officer says, then walks back toward his car, muting his camera.
The footage was released through the Freedom of Information Act, along with other documents, during the inspector general's investigation into Johnson and other officers. "With the completion of the investigations, the city today released the materials permissible under FOIA," the city said in a statement. The inspector general's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The 911 caller said he saw a man asleep behind the wheel of a black Chevy Tahoe parked in front of a stop sign on 34th Place at Aberdeen Street, according to a tape released by the Office of Emergency Management & Communications. “A guy in the driver’s seat is either asleep or something,” the caller said. “Because his car’s on, but he ain’t moving and he’s been there for a while.”
The caller said he saw that the car’s exhaust was still running, but that the vehicle’s headlights were off. He said the car had been sitting there "for at least five minutes" before he called.
Documents released from the Chicago Fire Department, which responded to the scene in case there was a patient in need of emergency services, describe it as a “high-profile incident.” They said Chicago police were already there and that there was “no patient on the scene. Engine 29 returned to quarters in service.”
Johnson initially said he felt lightheaded while driving and pulled over. He admitted that he’d had some drinks at dinner that night, but he blamed the episode on a change in medication. It was later reported Johnson was out having several drinks with a fellow CPD officer who was not his wife. In December, announcing her decision to fire the chief, Lightfoot said Johnson lied to her and the public several times to cover up "the true nature of his conduct."
Johnson “intentionally lied to me several times,” the mayor said. “Had I known all the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there.”
IG spokeswoman Natalie Kuriata said last month the office anticipated additional information in the Johnson investigation would be available in the office's next quarterly report, set to be released by July 15.