CHICAGO, Illinois — A Chicago police commander has been charged with sticking a gun into a suspect’s mouth.
Glenn Evans was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct, by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Evans was accused of placing his gun inside a suspect’s mouth during an arrest in January of 2013.
The Independent Police Review authority says Evans was named in 14 complaints between 2001 and 2006.
Police superintendent Garry McCarthy, who has supported Evans in the past, 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.”
Ald. Jason C. Ervin, 28th Ward, also released a statement:
“While I await the findings of the indictment of Commander Evans, the greater concern I hold is for the residents of the 28th Ward and the West Side of Chicago. There are still serious issues facing our communities which will need to be addressed in his absence. Superintendent McCarthy has the responsibility of appointing another Commander to the 11th District. I am apprehensive about McCarthy’s selection process because of the experiences we are currently witnessing.”
A planned protest of police brutality on the West Side Wednesday night quickly shifted its attention to the charges and Evans as demonstrators demanded police be held accountable.
About 1,000 people attended the march the focused on the District 11 police station where the Evans works.
The crowd was protesting the death of 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh who was killed Sunday night on the city’s near California and Polk by Chicago police.
Police say McIntosh pointed a 9 mm at police after being cornered but witnesses tell us McIntosh surrendered to police.
McIntosh’s mother is demanding to know the name of the police officer who killed her son and the autopsy results.