DOJ refuses to investigate, it is a local matter.
Via Chicago Tribune
A Chicago police commander on patrol in a South Side neighborhood last year chased a man he thought was holding a handgun into an abandoned building, then shoved the barrel of his service gun “deep down” the man’s throat, held a Taser to his groin and threatened to kill him if he didn’t say where the gun was, prosecutors said today.
Cmdr. Glenn Evans, 52, was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct after DNA taken from the barrel of his Smith and Wesson .45 caliber handgun conclusively matched the man’s DNA, prosecutors said.
udge Laura Sullivan declined to order Evans to surrender his firearms as prosecutors had sought. She ordered him released on his own recognizance without requiring him to post any cash or property. Evans is now working desk duty at police headquarters.
Sheriff’s deputies allowed Evans to exit the courthouse through the old front entrance to the building, bypassing a waiting throng of cameramen and reporters by the usual exit.
Evans faces anything from probation to five years in prison if convicted.
“It is an extremely sad and difficult situation for all of us in law enforcement when an incident such as this occurs and criminal charges are warranted,” State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a statement. “We certainly recognize that our police officers have difficult jobs and that they work under challenging and often life threatening circumstances, but every law enforcement officer holds his or her powers through the public trust and this type of conduct violates that trust.”
Laura Morask, Evans’ attorney, told the judge that Evans would vigorously contest the charges, saying no one from the state’s attorney’s office, the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division or the Independent Police Review Authority had ever asked Evans for his account of what happened that afternoon.