His three-year tenure saw efforts to reform the police department through a consent decree and efforts to institute improved police oversight.
“At the end of the day, under his leadership the code of silence remains alive and well. He’s made incremental strides … without rocking the boat,” said Futterman, director of the Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago Law School, who stopped short of calling Johnson a reformer.
Johnson ran into “reactionary pushback from the FOP,” which held up some of the reforms, he said.
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