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.
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
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Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."