A high-ranking Chicago police official with a history of complaints against him was relieved of his powers after being accused of putting his gun inside a suspect’s mouth, the Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday.
Commander Glenn Evans was charged with aggravated assault and misconduct for his alleged actions while arresting 24-year-old Rickey J. Williams in January 2013. A police report stated that Evans approached Williams on the street believing he was holding a “blue steel handgun.”
Williams ran from Evans, but was later arrested in an abandoned home without any gun, and charged with reckless conduct. The charges were dropped months later. A lab report commissioned by state police found Williams’ DNA on Evans’ gun.
WBBM-TV reported that prosecutors said at a bond hearing on Thursday that the officer tackled Williams, stuck the barrel of his gun “deep down” his throat, then held a Taser to his groin while threatening to kill him.
The Tribune reported that Evans had 14 complaints lodged against him between 2001 and 2006 without being disciplined, and has also been named as a defendant in several lawsuits accusing his department of misconduct.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy also did not take action when the city’s Independent Police Review Authority recommended Evans be taken off active duty while the incident involving Williams was resolved.
On Monday, McCarthy refused to answer a question regarding the authority board’s recommendation during a press conference.
“That’s absurd,” McCarthy was quoted as saying. “Do I support him? If I didn’t support him, he wouldn’t be there.”
But McCarthy released a separate statement on Thursday after Evans found himself facing charges.
“As soon as we were made aware of the charges Commander Evans was relieved of his police powers, pending the outcome of this matter,” the statement read. “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.”
After turning himself in to Cook County Sheriff’s officials early Thursday morning, Evans was released on a $100,000 recognizance bond, meaning he did not have to post bail and would only have to pay the bond if he did not appear at a future court date. Evans was also allowed to keep his firearm.
Watch WBBM’s report on the lawsuit against Evans, as aired on Thursday, below.