A Chicago police commander accused of shoving his gun down a suspect’s throat and pressing a stun gun to the man’s groin was acquitted on battery and misconduct charges Monday, in a ruling that comes amid heavy criticism of the police department’s treatment of suspects.
Cook County Judge Diane Cannon found Cmdr. Glenn Evans not guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and official misconduct stemming from the 2013 incident involving Rickey Williams, whom Evans believed he had seen holding a gun.
Cannon said she didn’t find Williams’ testimony believable, saying he changed his story repeatedly and that the presence of his DNA on Evans’ service pistol didn’t mean Evans’ was guilty. She said it was reasonable to think it got on the gun during a tussle during his arrest.