Latest Charles L. Beck News

Police: 2 gunmen injure 5 customers at Chicago barbershop

Jan. 16, 2020 9:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two gunmen fired through the window of a Chicago barbershop Thursday evening, injuring three juveniles and two adults who were getting their hair cut, police said. Chicago police Deputy Chief of Patrol Ernest Cato told The Chicago Tribune that the gunmen had walked into the store in the...

Chicago Police overhauling detective divisions

Dec. 17, 2019 5:26 PM EST

The Chicago Police Department said Tuesday that it is beefing up its detective ranks and spreading them around the city in the hope that it can catch up to departments in other major cities that solve a far higher percentage of homicide and other violent crime cases. Tuesday’s announcement comes about six...

Chicago Police interim Superintendent Charlie Beck speaks during a press conference at police headquarters, Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, 2019 in Chicago. Beck says he’s getting oriented in the job, a day after Superintendent Eddie Johnson was fired and he took over the post. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago police halt controversial merit promotion system

Dec. 11, 2019 11:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s interim police superintendent is discontinuing a so-called merit promotion system that rank-and-file cops have long complained rewards officers for who they know and not what skills they have to do the job. In a letter to the 13,400-member department obtained by the Chicago...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference in Chicago. When fellow officers discovered Johnson asleep behind the wheel of his running SUV, they did not conduct any sobriety tests and let their boss drive home, a decision that has thrown a spotlight on what happens when one officer confronts another on patrol. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Report: Officer recorded kissing Chicago chief reassigned

Dec. 5, 2019 4:50 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A female officer who was reportedly caught on video kissing then-Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a popular restaurant in October was transferred weeks later from his personal security detail to another role on the police force, a department spokesman said. Police spokesman...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks as Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announces his retirement after more than three years leading the department in Chicago. Mayor Lightfoot  fired Police Supt. Eddie Johnson Monday Dec. 2, 2019, due to his

Ex-chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone

Dec. 3, 2019 8:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn’t “intentionally mislead or deceive” anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV. Johnson, 59, released a statement through his attorney a day after...

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, left, who was named interim police superintendent in Chicago by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, addresses a news conference where he fielded questions on the firing by Lightfoot of retiring superintendent Eddie Johnson and Facebook gun sales Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Standing with Beck is First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio, as the pair announced that investigators have arrested more than 50 people accused of using private Facebook groups and messages to sell guns or drugs. Police also blamed the social media company for complicating such cases by taking down investigators' fake profiles during a Tuesday press conference announcing results of the two-year investigation. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Chicago police blame Facebook for illegal gun, drug sales

Dec. 3, 2019 6:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Private Facebook groups have “emboldened” sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests. Police leaders,...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks as Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announces his retirement after more than three years leading the department in Chicago. Mayor Lightfoot  fired Police Supt. Eddie Johnson Monday Dec. 2, 2019, due to his

The Latest: Johnson says he didn’t ‘intentionally mislead’

Dec. 3, 2019 2:21 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the firing of Chicago’s police chief (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says he did not “intentionally mislead or deceive” anyone about a mid-October night where he was found asleep in his car. Johnson released a...

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the firing Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 of Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

Dec. 2, 2019 7:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks. Named to the job in the...