City Council votes unanimously to name Eddie Johnson Chicago's top cop

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City Council members voted unanimously Wednesday to give Eddie Johnson the permanent position of Chicago police superintendent.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose Johnson for the job after rejecting three candidates recommended by the city's police board.

Aldermen suspended rules on the selection process implemented in 1960 so Johnson could be hired to succeed Garry McCarthy.

McCarthy was fired amid a firestorm of protests over the November release of a video showing a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager. The teen, Laquan McDonald, was shot 16 times.

Johnson takes over a police department that also has been rocked by allegations of abuse and racism, and a surging violent crime rate.