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Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans  |  Sun-Times file photo

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Updated: September 29, 2014 12:11PM

One of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s most valued commanders was released without having to post any bond Thursday after Cook County prosecutors alleged he put a gun deep in the suspect’s mouth and held a taser to his groin

Cmdr. Glenn Evans was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery, both felonies, for allegedly assaulting the suspect last year, officials said.

Evans, who has been in charge of the Harrison District on the West Side, was stripped of his badge and gun earlier Wednesday.

In a statement Wednesday night, McCarthy said: “The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to 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.”

The charges are in connection with a Jan. 30, 2013, incident in which Evans allegedly put the barrel of his revolver into a man’s mouth while he was being restrained after a chase on the South Side, where Evans was a commander at the time.

Police records show Evans and other officers chased Rickey J. Williams after they spotted him holding a handgun on the street near 71st and Eberhart. They arrested him in a nearby vacant home but didn’t recover a weapon, according to a police report.

Williams was arrested for reckless conduct. The charge was later dropped. He is on parole for an unrelated marijuana conviction, prison records show.

According to reports by WBEZ-FM, the Illinois State Police crime lab determined that Williams’ DNA matched the DNA swabbed from the gun.

The Independent Police Review Authority provided the state’s attorney’s office with findings from an investigation into the allegations against Evans, according to WBEZ.

Evans declined to comment on the allegations.

Evans was in the news in March when he and Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) got into a heated confrontation that ended with a warning for the alderman to leave the Harrison District’s parking lot or be arrested.

Evans previously was commander of the Grand Crossing District on the South Side, where he earned McCarthy’s praise when violent crime plummeted there under Evans’ watch.

McCarthy had continued to defend Evans’ performance to the media, despite the allegations against him. Evans is popular among rank-and-file officers for his aggressive approach to policing, but detractors point to dozens of citizen complaints filed against Evans over the past two decades. Only two complaints resulted in discipline, records show.

Contributing: Mitch Dudek, Michael Lansu

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