Chicago, IL – Former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson used an aerosol can and a lighter to set his wife’s underwear on fire during a domestic incident in October.
The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 after a verbal altercation spiraled out of control between Johnson and his wife, Chicago Police Lieutenant Nakia Fenner, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Sources told WBBM that Johnson and Lt. Fenner were arguing 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.
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 “no complaint filed.”
He was briefly considered “wanted” overnight because he had left the scene, according to WBBM.
Sources said he turned himself in the next afternoon at the 9th District police station.
But when Johnson and Lt. Fenner appeared outside their home on Oct. 24, the former superintendent told WBBM things were fine.
“We had a disagreement. We are fine,” Johnson said.
The supervisor who responded to Johnson and Lt. Fenner’s home the night of the domestic incident was the same Deering District commander who was in charge the night that the former superintendent was allegedly found passed out drunk in his police SUV, WBBM reported.
That incident led to the superintendent announcing that he planned to retire, but was ultimately publicly fired by the Chicago mayor for having lied to her about the incident when it first happened.
In October, eight Chicago police officers were suspended in connection with the incident, including a commander and a lieutenant, WBEZ reported.
Chicago Police Deering District Commander Don J. Jerome received a 28-day suspension for failing to report then-Superintendent Johnson’s misconduct to police officials.
Several of the officers were suspended for failing to perform a sobriety test on their boss and for having allowed the city’s top cop to drive home under what was later determined to be the influence of at least 10 cocktails, WBEZ reported.
“By allowing the superintendent to drive home despite concern for his condition, the officers failed to promote CPD’s goal of protecting the public and brought discredit on CPD,” Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s report said. “Their actions created the impression of giving the superintendent preferential treatment.”
However, the investigation by Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson ultimately determined that none of the officers involved that night had intentionally covered up for then-Superintendent Johnson, WBEZ reported.
Johnson’s driver at the time, Chicago Police Officer Cynthia Donald, received a seven-day suspension for driving under the influence in her police vehicle after investigators determined that she had been out drinking with her boss before he drove home drunk.
Officer Donald held a press conference with her attorneys on Oct. 15 to announce she had filed a lawsuit against former Superintendent Johnson that accused him of sexual assault and sexual harassment and claimed she had been subjected to “sexual and emotional torture” while 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.”
“Superintendent Johnson used his position of power and authority over Plaintiff to pressure her into engaging in these sexual acts by conditioning her employment and advancements within [the Chicago Police Department] upon her submission to unwanted and unwelcomed sexual activity, promising her promotions, and berating her whenever she summoned the courage to resist his advances,” the complaint read.
Officer Donald’s lawsuit also alleged that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had also mistreated her, the Daily Mail reported.
The officer claimed she was transferred to the records division after Lightfoot found out about the dalliance with the top cop when then-Superintendent Johnson passed out behind the wheel of his police SUV at a stop sign.
The domestic incident between Johnson and his wife occurred eight days after Officer Donald filed her lawsuit against the former police superintendent.