- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A decorated Chicago police commander, accused of sticking his gun down the throat of a suspect and threatening to kill him, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct.

Glenn Evans, 52, entered his plea during a brief hearing in a Cook County courtroom in Chicago, with the judge ordering him to return to court Oct. 13. Evans was arrested in August and indicted this month by a grand jury on the felony charges, stripped of his police powers by the department and put on paid administrative duty.

Evans, who rose through the ranks of the department even as he was subject to approximately 50 misconduct allegations, was arrested after an investigation of a January 2013 incident involving the capture of a suspect. During a court hearing in August, an assistant state’s attorney accused Evans of shoving a gun down the man’s throat, putting a Taser to his groin, and threatening to kill if the man did not tell him where his gun was.

No gun was ever found and charges were ultimately dropped. The man filed a complaint, prompting an investigation in which, according to prosecutors, a swab taken from Evans’ gun determined that DNA from the man was on the weapon.

At last month’s hearing, Evans’ attorney vehemently denied the allegations and called the investigation “incredibly flawed.”

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