- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police commander accused of placing his gun down the throat of a suspect and threatening to kill him was surrounded by supporters Thursday when he was officially indicted on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct.

Glenn Evans is accused of shoving the barrel of his gun down the throat of Rickey Williams, who was arrested, but not charged in a crime.

Williams has sued the city of Chicago and Evans, contending Evans used unreasonable and excessive force during a January 2013 arrest. Williams claims Evans jammed his gun in his mouth while a Taser was held to his groin while demanding the location of a gun the suspect allegedly discarded during a foot chase.

Dozens of Evans’ supporters stood with him when he went before a judge to answer questions. He did not enter a plea.

After the hearing, defense attorney Laura Morask said she wants to push the case through the court as quickly as possible “because we believe Commander Evans will not only be exonerated, he’ll be vindicated.”

Evans has been stripped of his police powers because of the charges against him.

Since he’s been charged in the Williams case, it’s been reported Evans has been the subject of dozens of citizen complaints during his 28-year police career. Several complaints have alleged excessive force.

Morask says those issues will have no bearing on the charges against him now.

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