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Commander Glenn Evans was relieved of duties after being charged with aggravated battery for sticking his gun in a suspect’s mouth. He is facing civil and criminal charges stemming from the January 2013 incident. According to reports:

In his civil suit, Williams accuses Evans of using excessive force and also accuses the city of malicious prosecution. Based on Evans’ history, Williams might be right.

History of Violence

Aside from being the former 11th District Commander, Glenn Evans was also Chicago’ s#1 Cop for excessive force complaints. A recent study found that:

Harrison District Cmdr. Glenn Evans had at least 45 excessive-force complaints between January 1988 and December 2008.

Three of these cases resulted in settlements which cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in payouts and legal fees.

Rennie Simmons

In July, 2006 Evans choked and beat a water department employee named Rennie Simmons who came to his house to post an overdue notice.  Simmons, a stroke patient, called 911 to report Evans. But when the cops showed up, they arrested Rennie Simmons instead.

Not content to just arrest an innocent man, the state decided they would prosecute him as well. This is exactly the kind of malicious prosecution that Ricky Williams is now alleging. When the case went forward, Evans claimed that he – not Simmons – was the victim and that Simmons was the one who threatened and shoved him. The judge was not convinced.

Judge Adam Bourgeois found Simmons not guilty. He even admonished Evans: “Lieutenant, there is a lot I can say this morning, but I’m going to hold my tongue. The State has failed to meet its burden. The next time you pick somebody to come in here as a witness, make sure they lie a little better.” (emphasis added)

Following the trial, Simmons filed a civil lawsuit against Evans and the City of Chicago, alleging that “Evans had falseley arrested him to cover up his beating.” As a result of the suit, the city was forced to pay a settlement of $99,999 to Rennie Simmons.

Cordell Simmons

In 2007, Evans cost the city another $19,000. This time, the victim was Cordell Simmons (no relation). This case is interesting because of what Cordell Simmons alleges happened to him during his arrest:

Cordell Simmons laid naked from the waist down while Evans walked out of the room and returned with a Taser gun, according to court records. The three officers held Simmons down and, “Evans proceeded to Taser [the] plaintiff in the groin, under his testicles.

“In agony,” Cordell Simmons “rolled onto his stomach,” the complaint reads. Evans shot Simmons a second time with the Taser gun, in his rectum. As the officers allowed Simmons to stand up, “Evans walked toward the door, then turned and Tasered [the] plaintiff twice more, hitting him in the right arm.” (emphasis added)

These are the same tactics that he is accused of using against Ricky Williams, and it shows a pattern of abusive tactics that involve sexually assaulting suspects with tasers.

Chas Byars

Perhaps the most shocking case is the one of Chas Byars, Sr. But, in this case, Chas Byars, Sr was not the victim. Instead, it was his infant son:

Evans got into a dispute with a patron at a restaurant who was with his infant son. After the patron complained to Evans that he was being rude, the officer allegedly grabbed the car seat holding the man’s son, causing the baby to fall and strike his head on a table.

This case cost the city $71,000.

Rita King

In 2011, Rita King was arrested for a domestic disturbance. When she was taken to the station, she refused to be fingerprinted. King claims Evans ordered other officers to hold her while he assaulted her, echoing the claims made by Cordell Simmons and Ricky Williams. However, her suit goes further:

The complaint brings a Monell claim alleging that Chicago has a widespread practice of failing to discipline its officers for the use of excessive force and that this de facto policy thereby encourages these officers to engage in further acts of misconduct without fear of any real consequence.

Fighting Fire With Fire

Evans’ career seems to support King’s claims. Evans had at least 45 excessive force complaints filed against him. His actions resulted in numerous lawsuits and settlements. And the lawsuits themselves allege a pattern of abuse: officers restraining victims, Evans abusing them, and then the state prosecuting them to cover it up.

As the complaints piled up, Evans’ career blossomed. He was continuously promoted up the chain of command. One of his biggest fans was Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.  Just look at how McCarthy explained his decision to move Evans to the Harrison district:

I have ‘fires’ on the West Side, and I have to send my best guy… Evans replaced other commanders who were not getting the job done… We need our best and brightest as commanders. Glenn Evans is one of my favorites.

The sheer number of complaints filed against Evans makes it implausible that McCarthy was unaware of his reputation or his tactics. But if there were fires on the West side, maybe McCarthy’s plan was to fight fire with fire. But, the danger of playing with fire is sometimes you get burned. And, from the sound of McCarthy’s latest statement, that’s exactly what might have finally happened:

“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.”

If convicted, Evans could face up to five years in prison.

 

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