Police commander charged with misconduct, aggravated battery app

Police commander charged with misconduct, aggravated battery appears in court

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy's most valued commanders was released without having to post any bond Thursday after Cook County prosecutors alleged he put a gun deep in the suspect's mouth and held a taser to his groin.

Cmdr. Glenn Evans was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery, both felonies, for allegedly assaulting the suspect last year, officials said.

Evans, who has been in charge of the Harrison District on the West Side, was stripped of his badge and gun earlier Wednesday.

In a statement Wednesday night, McCarthy said: “The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to both the residents we serve and to the men and women of this department. As soon as we were made aware of the charges Commander Evans was relieved of his police powers, pending the outcome of this matter. Like any private citizen, the commander is innocent until proven guilty and we need to allow this case to proceed like any other. We will cooperate fully with prosecutors.”

Cops who know Evans as one of the department's hardest-working "white shirts" were not surprised to see him in the thick of the NATO Summit disturbances in previous years. Admirers note that in 28 years as an Officer, Evans rose to command two of Chicago's most violent police districts, while raising three children to successful adulthood.

But Evans also reportedly drew more complaints of police abuse than any other Chicago officer between 1988 and 2008.

Rickey Williams filed the latest complaint. He was paroled from state prison this month on a marijuana conviction. Williams' complaint has now led to the filing of two felony charges against Evans, for aggravated battery and official misconduct.

“It's a hard decision. It's a difficult decision, because we work each and every day with police officers,” said Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

On the afternoon of January 30, 2013, authorities say Commander Evans was patrolling a section of 71st Street, because a child had been killed there the day before. He saw a young man waiting for the bus and he says the young man had a gun. The man then fled inside a building. When Commander Evans cornered him, the state's attorneys said that he took his service revolver and shoved it deep down the throat of the suspect.

Assistant State's Attorney Lauren Freeman added, “He threatened to kill the victim and said, ‘M______ F______, tell me where the guns are!'”

Williams had no weapon on him and was arrested for reckless conduct. The charge was later dropped. He is on parole for an unrelated marijuana conviction, prison records show.

Williams complained about the incident at his bond hearing the next day. The Independent Police Review Authority opened an investigation, but it took a year for the Illinois State Police to test the barrel of Evans' .45 caliber, semi-automatic Smith & Wesson revolver.

Last April, though, they did find Williams' DNA on the gun -- possibly corroborating his claim of abuse.

In bond court Thursday, Judge Laura Sullivan released Evans without having to post any cash, letting him keep his personal firearms. Afterwards, about 20 supporters helped Evans evade cameras and reporters by whisking him out an emergency-only exit. The Cook County Sheriff said an employee who participated would be punished for breaking courthouse rules.

Evans is due back in court on Sept. 18th.

Evans was also in the news in March when he and Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) got into a heated confrontation that ended with a warning for the alderman to leave the Harrison District's parking lot or be arrested.

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