In November of 2014, an Internal Affairs investigation was launched at Chicago PD after allegations of cheating on the promotion exam were made by an anonymous tipster — who is also a dept. employee.
That probe allegedly helped spoil Deputy Chief Eugene Williams’ chances of being promoted to police superintendent. Instead, Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently appointed Eddie Johnson to that position.
The newly appointed top cop’s s fiancée, however, is one of the police officers named in the most recent scandal to rock the dept.
DNAinfo.com reports that Chicago Police Lt. Nakia Fenner was one of at least six officers who reportedly attended a study group inside an executive conference room at the dept’s headquarters. Deputy Chief Eugene Williams — a key figure in this probe- allegedly shared information with the members of the study group whom he “hosted” on Tuesday evenings, according to the whistleblower.
Fenner claims she never took part in any study groups.
Because Williams was the CPD’s final reviewer of potential exam content and had an “integral part in developing the lieutenant’s exam”– this gave the group of six an “unfair advantage ” on the test.
In a separate probe now- the city’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson is looking into the allegations against Williams–who is a favorite of the City Council’s Black Caucus and the chapter president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE).
A police dept. employee who worried that Williams would get the Superintendent job, sent a mass email on Feb 23, warning officers that the department’s “Thin Blue Line” had protected Williams and allowed “tainted” promotions. That same employee filed a formal complaint with the Inspector General ‘s Office.
Johnson, the new top cop, promised his fellow officers on Monday that if the investigation finds any wrongdoing- it would be dealt with accordingly. That may include punishing his future wife and closest allies on the force, DNAinfo noted.
As far as his personal opinion on the matter– Johnson said he doubts the allegations against Williams are true, but he would not comment further on the anonymous complaint.
His focus now as new interim Supt. is to “build trust,” Johnson says. “We are only as strong as the trust that the community believes in us. If they believe in us, they will partner with us and help to reduce some of this crime. The accountability issue has to be there.”
He also added that he won’t tolerate “intentional misconduct” by anyone in his department.
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