A Chicago top cop has been suspended for his brutal treatment of a man. Suspects are used to getting an earful from interrogating cops. This one got a mouthful. A Chicago cop has been suspended for allegedly shoving his piece into the mouth of a man he arrested. The intimidation tactic is drawing strong rebuke of the high-ranking officer, who was described by his department head as their “best guy.”
Writes Reuters news service: “A Chicago police commander who had been praised for his crime fighting in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods appeared in court on Thursday to face charges he put a gun in a suspect's mouth. Commander Glenn Evans, who headed a busy district on the city's west side, has been relieved of his duties pending the case's outcome.”
Evans faces criminal charges for purportedly stuffing his service weapon into the mouth of Rickey J. Williams in 2013. The top cop, 52, was charged with aggravated battery and official police misconduct after the Illinois State Police lab tested the barrel of Evans' pistol and found DNA belonging to Williams.
The police brutality brought against Williams, 24, allegedly also included Evans holding a taser against Williams’ crotch and shoving him around while calling him a motherf****r.
It wasn’t until criminal charges were filed by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy stripped Evans of his badge, weapon and placed him under suspension. McCarthy was asked why that was, and if he still supported an officer that he once called his “best guy.”
“I’m not going to answer that question. It’s absurd. Do I support him? If I didn’t he wouldn’t be [in court],” McCarthy said.
“The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable. As soon as we were made aware of the charges, Cmdr. Evans was relieved of his police powers pending the outcome of this matter,” McCarthy said in a statement.
A review of Evans’ personnel file shows a history of alleged abuse – between 2001 and 2006, 14 complaints were lodged against Evans for excessive force. He was also named as a defendant in several lawsuits involving police misconduct.
In January of 2013, Evans said he was bringing a new philosophy to Chicago’s streets. “The old attitude is to just patrol around and not stop these individuals, not challenge them and let these gang bangers intimidate them,” Evans said. “That’s all going to change.”
The amount of force that can be used by police officers has become a focus of national debate after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a St. Louis suburb on Aug. 9. The shooting of Michael Brown, 18, was followed by weeks of sometimes violent protests.
Evans, a 28-year veteran cop, is due back in court on Sept. 18.