28 years veteran of the Chicago police department appeared in bond court Thursday on charges of sticking a gun into a suspect’s mouth.
52-year-old Commander Glenn Evans was released him on his own recognizance and allowed to keep his firearm. He is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct stemming from an incident on January 30th of 2013. He allegedly chased a suspect with a gun into an abandoned building. On January 31st, that suspect told the independent Police Review Authority Evans struck him with a gun and held a taser to his groin.
Evans's attorney says her clients actions were just and lawful and investigations into that incident were -quote - “incredibly flawed".
More than a dozen police officers stood in the courtroom as Evans’ case was heard in court today.
Evans has been greatly supported by the Superintendent Garry McCarthy in the past.
Wednesday night McCarthy released a statement saying, ““The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to the 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.”
Evans has been stripped of his powers and is now working desk duty at police headquarters.
He faces anything from probation to five years in prison if convicted.