By Cami Toronto, Communications –
Recently, a member of the public called the police about a man asleep at the wheel. This man was later identified as Police Chief Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson attributed his slip up to mixing medication and a few drinks at dinner the night before, but this wasn’t the full story according to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. After conducting an investigation, including reviewing surveillance footage of the night in question, the mayor learned Johnson had lied to her. However, the mayor refused to divulge further details and settled for saying that his true behavior was not at the level of dignity that his position demands, and out of respect for his children and wife, she would leave it at that.
Catching Johnson in his lie was just the tip of the iceberg of the year of trouble for Chief Johnson, as he’s currently being sued by Jussie Smollett for alleging that he faked a racist attack on himself on earlier this year. Mayor Lightfoot fired Chief Johnson one month before he was due to retire from the force — after 31 years of service.
The police are expected to uphold the law and be literal symbols of trustworthy, lawful behavior. For the chief of police to be publicly caught in his lies destroys this image of law, order, and truth that is supposed to be manifested by police. We need to trust our officers and trust that they speak the truth to us. That starts with taking proper steps during the hiring process.
At Converus, a tech company at the forefront of the world’s most modern credibility assessment tools, the truth is everything. EyeDetect, a lie detection technology that assesses the trustworthiness and personal integrity of individuals by measuring involuntary eye behavior during an automated true/false test, would be the ideal way for law enforcement agencies worldwide to hire more trustworthy, honest officers. Screening tests, ideal for the hiring process, take just 30 minutes and are 86 percent accurate. EyeDetect’s investigative test can determine the innocence or guilt of its subject in just 15 minutes and is 90 percent accurate.
If truth really does matter, then the U.S. government, law enforcement, and federal courts should use EyeDetect to help validate trustworthy hires and expose those that have previously engaged in activities that would disqualify them from being hired. (Note: The Employee Polygraph Protection Act prohibits using lie detectors like EyeDetect in private companies in the U.S. However, U.S. federal, state and municipal government employees or contractors may be tested.)