Facing Firing, Chicago’s Controversial Police Union Boss Formally Retires From Chicago PD

FOP President John Catanzara was accused of a string of departmental rule violations, including making a series of obscene and inflammatory social media posts.

John Catanzara, the controversial president of Chicago’s largest police union, formally retired from the city’s police force Tuesday morning, effectively ending a lengthy disciplinary case that could have resulted in his firing.

During a hearing Tuesday morning, Catanzara’s attorney, Tim Grace, said his client had formally resigned hours earlier.

The move came a day after Catanzara announced his intention to call it quits during the first hearing in his disciplinary case. He was accused of a string of departmental rule violations, including making a series of obscene and inflammatory social media posts and generating false reports against superior officers, most notably former Supt. Eddie Johnson.

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