“In today’s policing environment, Johnson made a mistake. He hung around too long. You can’t do that anymore.
“What went wrong?” asked Gibbons. “Loyalty.” Johnson, Gibbons said, is too loyal to Mayor Street, who insiders say keeps Johnson as a buffer between his two-term administration and negative publicity over crime.
Those closest to Johnson hold several more theories: “He creates a lot of controversy,” said C.B. Kimmins, an anti-drug activist and Johnson friend. “It is not for something he is doing. It is for something he is not doing. He is not demonstrative. He is not bravado. People say, ‘He can’t be that humble. He must be a phony. …’ I think he is a victim of his personality.”
Aaron Johnson said his father is neither a politician nor a fan of the camera. Just a “cop’s cop.”
Still Johnson’s legacy is tainted by a murder rate that has crept up during the last three years. His department, like others across the country, is stretched thin due to a bevy of federal budget cuts. His officers face an overwhelming number of dangerous repeat offenders.
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