Wife of top cop Eddie Johnson files discrimination complaint against CPD

Lt. Nakia Fenner, center, appears with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at the Chicago Police Department's graduation and promotion ceremony at Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom in April 2016. Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO  —A Chicago police lieutenant, who is married to Superintendent Eddie Johnson, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Lt. Nakia Fenner claims she’s a victim of the department’s “discriminatory” promotion process.

Details weren’t released by the EEOC. Fenner on Thursday declined to comment on her complaint.

Johnson asked Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability to look into the complaint by Fenner, who married Johnson last year.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says in a statement the department received a complaint from Fenner alleging discriminatory practices within CPD’s promotional process. He says the department is committed to an independent and fair evaluation of the complaint.

EEOC spokesman Joseph Olivares says he’s “prohibited by law from confirming or denying the existence of a charge.”

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