CHICAGO – A judge has acquitted a Chicago police commander accused of shoving his gun down a suspect's throat and pressing a stun gun to the man's groin.
Judge Diane Cannon on Monday found Cmdr. Glenn Evans not guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and official misconduct stemming from the 2013 incident involving Rickey Williams. Evans could have faced up to five years in prison, if convicted.
Judge Cannon ultimately felt there were too many inconsistencies in Williams’ testimony.
Evans says he confronted Williams because he saw him holding a gun.
Williams testified that Evans put his service pistol so far down his throat that he gagged and later spat blood. He says Evans must have mistaken a cellphone he had been holding for a weapon. Investigators never found a gun.
The ruling comes amid heightened scrutiny of Chicago police tactics and oversight.
Williams’ attorney says his fight is not over and he is pursuing a civil case against the city of Chicago and wants a jury trial.
As for Evans, his attorneys say they are pleased with the verdict but aren’t sure yet if he will return to the force.