“Here’s a man that could not bother to show up for a meeting of police chiefs, the most respected people, in his hometown.”
President Donald Trump slammed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson during his speech at the Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. From The New York Post:
“There is one person that’s not here today. I said, ‘Where is he, I want to talk to him. In fact, more than anyone else, this person should be here because maybe he could learn something. And that’s the superintendent of Chicago Police chief Eddie Johnson,” the president said in the Windy City.
“A few days ago, Johnson said quote, ‘The values of the people of Chicago are more important than anything President Trump could have decided.’ I don’t think so. Because it’s a very insulting statement,” Trump told the crowd, who’d been fired up as “Macho Man” blared from the McCormick Place ballroom speakers just before he spoke.
“After all I’ve done, and I’ve done more than any other president. Here’s a man that could not bother to show up for a meeting of police chiefs, the most respected people, in his hometown. And with the president of the United States.”
“And you know why, it’s because he’s not doing his job. Last year, 565 people were murdered in Chicago. Since Eddie Johnson has been policing, more than 1,500 people have been murdered in Chicago and 13,067 people have been shot. During the first weekend of August 2019, seven people were murdered.”
Johnson announced last week he planned to skip Trump’s speech due to his personal feelings towards the president.
Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) voted “no confidence” against him due to his decision.
FOP President Kevin Graham lashed into Johnson on Fox News:
Graham told [Steve] Doocy: “He has said that he has problems with President Trump. And, my feeling is, there are plenty of people that I have problems with but, the reality is when police officers are out on the street, we do not engage in political activity.
“The reality is that we are here to enforce the laws and, unfortunately, the police department doesn’t get to choose which laws they want to enforce. We try to enforce them impartially and if you want laws changed, you go to that body and try to change them,” he stated.
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