Man testifies he spat out blood after Chicago cop shoved gun in his mouth

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chicago cop commander accused of shoving gun down suspect’s throat had 36 citizen complaints in file.

The menacing Chicago cop commander who allegedly shoved his gun down a suspect’s throat “hid behind his badge,” prosecutors said as his police file showed he racked up a slew of complaints while he was promoted again and again.A Chicago police commander once praised for his crime fighting exploits in some of the city’s roughest neighborhoods will go on trial Tuesday over charges that he put a gun in a suspect’s mouth. The trial of Glenn Evans — a top Chicago officer charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct in the alleged 2013 abuse — began Tuesday.

Evans was charged after Williams’ DNA was found on the barrel of the cop’s gun, but prosecutors acknowledge that Williams failed to identify the alleged assailant in a photo lineup. Department of Justice said that it was conducting a civil rights investigation of the third-largest U.S. city’s police department, including its use of force. The city has seen nearly two weeks of protests following the release of a video of the shooting death of a 17-year-old black teen by a white police officer in 2014. The total makes him the most-complained about officer of his rank — and only 34 other officers in the 12,000-strong force have more complaints against them, the newspaper said. Meanwhile at trial, Evans’ attorney Laura Morask said the officer spent his life protecting the community and that the prosecution’s case is “a laundry list of nothing.” The trail comes just a day after the U.S.

When he was charged, the 53-year-old had already been the focus of dozens of excessive-force complaints and cost the city more than $225,000 in legal settlements. He was also widely praised for aggressive tactics that included racing along the streets in an unmarked car, shoving it into park and exploding out of the door to confront drug dealers and gang members, with no apparent concern about being outnumbered or outgunned. Prosecutors have alleged that in a 2013 incident, the officer chased a suspect into an abandoned South Side building and shoved a gun into the man’s mouth. Since the shooting, he has also established a task force to improve police accountability and named an interim police chief after forcing out Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

Emanuel said at a Monday afternoon news conference outside his office at City Hall that the shooting McDonald by Officer Van Dyke had brought the city to what he called “an inflection point.” The federal probe follows similar action in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. Justice Department officials say they use so-called patterns-and-practices probes to identify systemic failings in troubled police departments and to improve trust between police and the communities they serve.

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