«I acknowledge that I made a poor decision and had a lapse of judgment on the night of October 16. That was a mistake and I know that,» Johnson said in a statement Tuesday. «However, I have no interest in fighting a battle for my reputation with those that want to question it now.»
Monday, Lightfoot announced she had fired Johnson because he lied to her and to the public about his actions.
Lightfoot declined to say what specifically led her to oust Johnson but said she had reviewed materials of the ongoing investigation by the city’s Office of Inspector General into Johnson’s actions that showed that he «engaged in a series of ethical lapses.» She called it «intolerable.»
In his first public statement since his firing, Johnson said he was leaving the police department with his «integrity intact.»
«One thing I want everyone to know is this: I did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago,» he wrote.
He did not comment further about the mayor’s allegations or the incident in October.
«I never sought this job but I accepted it because I believed I could make a difference. I have never claimed to be perfect, but I have always given my all for the CPD and the people of Chicago,» he said.