Chicago Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that officers are second guessing themselves and not using enough force during encounters with suspects because of the fear of backlash.
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Dubbed “The Tulsa Effect“, Johnson discussed an incident that occurred to a 17-year Chicago police veteran on Wednesday when she,got into a struggle with a man who allegedly was high on PCP after she stopped at a crash scene.
“She didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news”
The suspect smashed the officer’s face into the pavement repeatedly until she was unconscious.
“As I was at the hospital last night, visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” Johnson said while attending a public ceremony honoring heroic officers and firefighters.
Johnson told the Chicago Tribune that “we have to change the narrative of the law enforcement across this country.”
The head of the Chicago Police Department’s largest union said Thursday that Johnson’s comments echo what he’s been saying for months, “If you participate in a deadly force situation you can save your life, but in 2016, you can lose your job,” he said.
The 43-year-old Chicago officer was one of three hospitalized after struggling with the man at the scene of a traffic wreck. An incident that was strikingly similar to the Tulsa Incident where Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby stopped at a reported stranded car and ultimately had an encounter with a man allegedly on PCP. Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher and was arrested for manslaughter the next week.
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