In this March 30, 2012 photo, Chicago Police Department's Eddie Johnson is seen in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said in a statement late Sunday, March 27, 2016, that Emanuel is set to introduce Johnson, the force's current chief of patrol, as the department's new interim superintendent on Monday. 

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The Chicago city Mayor made the announcement in the midst of requests for his resignation. 

Lauren Porter
Mar, 28, 2016

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has selected a new police superintendent, and he did so without consideration of the police board's recommendation. 

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Emanuel has selected Eddie Johnson to step into the position as the new superintendent. 

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Johnson previously served as the CPD's head of patrol, has been a veteran amongst the department having served 27 years and will be the interim superintendent. 

Emanuel's pick comes as a surprise as the police board vetted three potential candidates for the job, none of which were Johnson. 

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The selection comes at a pivotal time for both the Mayor and the police department who are both struggling with community popularity following the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting tape incident in November. Emanuel asked for the resignation of the previous superintendent Garry McCarthy in December and has been combatting his own resignation requests since.