Commander Glenn Evans was charged with official misconduct and aggrαvated battery on Wednesday, the Chicago Sun Times reports. He handed over his gun and badge over the incident, which reportedly occurred last year.
Evans will appear in court on Thursday regarding the felony charges.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy spoke about the charges on Wednesday night
“The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to the both the residents we serve and to the men and women of this department,” McCarthy said. “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.”
According to the charges, Evans put his gun in the mouth of a man in 2013 after a chase. Evans and another officer chased the suspect after they saw him with a handgun. They found the suspect in an abandoned.
Authorities swabbed the gun and the suspect’s mouth to determine that the DNA from the gun matched that of the suspect.
Although Evans’ aggressive tactics have garnered numerous complaints from citizens, he is popular among other officers.
Evans has not commented on the allegations, but Ald. Jason Ervin, who got into a heated argument with Evans, says the problem is leadership.
“I am apprehensive about McCarthy’s selection process,” he said.