Chicago, IL – The wife of former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has refused to accept a subpoena to testify in the civil case by her husband’s former driver, a police officer who claimed her boss repeatedly sexually assaulted her.
Chicago Police Officer Cynthia Donald has accused her former boss of subjecting her to “sexual and emotional torture” when she was working for him.
The lawsuit claimed that the superintendent had victimized Officer Donald repeatedly by sending her nude photos of himself and that he sexually harassed her at work and forced her to engage in sex acts with him, the Daily Mail reported.
Officer Donald claimed in the suit that then-Superintendent Johnson intentionally put her on his security detail back in 2016 because he was attracted to her and wanted to have more physical access to her.
In the lawsuit, the officer claimed that three months after she joined the superintendent’s security staff, he pushed her back on the couch in his office, pulled down her pants, and performed oral sex on her without her consent, the Daily Mail reported.
The lawsuit claimed that afterwards, Superintendent Johnson ejaculated on Officer Donald and told her “now you belong to me.”
Attorneys for Officer Donald have sought to obtain testimony for the trial from the former police superintendent’s wife, Chicago Police Lieutenant Nakia Fenner, WGN reported.
Process servers have attempted to serve a subpoena on Lt. Fenner on nine occasions, according to Officer Donald’s attorneys.
“Clearly, Ms. Fenner, an officer of the Chicago Police Department, is playing games,” Officer Donald’s attorneys wrote in a motion for alternate service, WGN reported.
“It is my professional opinion that she is evading process service,” the process server said in an affidavit attached to the motion.
A federal judge approved Officer Donald’s attorney’s request for permission to send the subpoena to Lt. Fenner via certified mail on May 18, WGN reported.
Officer Donald’s attorneys want to depose Lt. Fenner about a domestic incident with then-Superintendent Johnson that occurred in October of 2020.
The motion from Officer Donald’s attorney said that Lt. Fenner had told her husband “that she would not sit for a deposition absent a court order,” WGN reported.
Lt. Fenner and Superintendent Johnson wed in October of 2017.
He had previously been married to another Chicago police officer and that ex-wife has already testified in a deposition, WGN reported.
Johnson and Lt. Fenner were arguing at about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2020 when he set fire to her underwear on a bed inside their home in the 1200-block of West 33rd Place in the Bridgeport neighborhood, WBBM reported.
His wife told police she tried to stop him from using an aerosol can like a blowtorch and he pushed her away, sources close to the investigation said.
The police report said that’s when Officer Fenner called the Chicago Police Area Two commander for help, instead of dialing 911, WBBM reported.
The Area Two commander called the Chicago PD’s Deering District and sent a beat car and a supervisor to do a well-being check on the situation at the former police superintendent’s home.
But Johnson had already left the residence before officers arrived, WBBM reported.
Sources said that Lt. Fenner cooperated with investigators; however, a Chicago police spokesperson said Johnson was never arrested because there was “no complaint filed.”
An officer wrote in the police report that Lt. Fenner did not want Superintendent Johnson arrested “because she felt he was acting out due to extra stress in his life and [Fenner] only wanted [to file] a report,” WGN reported.
Lt. Fenner also told the officers that her husband had “battered her 3 times in the past but she did not report the incidents,” according to the police report.
Officer Donald also claimed in the lawsuit that she arbitrarily re-assigned after Superintendent Johnson was allegedly caught passed out drunk in his police vehicle, WGN reported.
That incident led to the superintendent announcing that he planned to retire, but Superintendent Johnson was ultimately publicly fired by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for having lied to her about the incident when it first happened.
Attorneys for both sides of the lawsuit want to depose Lightfoot, but a judge ordered that questions for the mayor have to be submitted in writing, WGN reported.