The Latest: Lawyers say lawsuit over Chicago arrest will win

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Posted: Dec 14, 2015 12:35 PM
The Latest: Lawyers say lawsuit over Chicago arrest will win

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the trial of a Chicago police commander accused of shoving his gun down a suspect's throat (all times local).

11:30 a.m.

Attorneys for a man who accused a Chicago police commander of shoving his pistol down their client's throat say they believe the evidence is strong enough to win a lawsuit against the city.

Ricky Williams' lawyers issued a statement shortly after Cmdr. Glenn Evans was acquitted on battery and misconduct charges Monday.

They point out that Williams' DNA was found on Evans' service weapon and that the city's main police oversight agency, the Independent Police Review Authority, recommended that Evans be relieved of his police powers over the incident.

Judge Diane Cannon said she didn't find Williams' version of events believable and cautioned that the case had nothing to do with other recent police brutality cases that have been getting a lot of attention.

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10:55 a.m.

The judge who acquitted a Chicago police commander accused of shoving his gun down a suspect's throat says the case has nothing to do with other police brutality cases throughout the country.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Diane Cannon said Monday that the case against Cmdr. Glenn Evans "is just one case." She acquitted Evans of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and official misconduct stemming from his 2013 questioning of Rickey Williams.

Evans says he confronted Williams because he saw him holding a gun. Williams says he didn't have a gun and that Evans must have mistaken his cellphone for one. Investigators never found a gun.

The case comes amid heavy criticism of the Chicago Police Department's treatment of suspects, particularly racial minorities. Both Williams and Evans are black.

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10:20 a.m.

A judge has acquitted a Chicago police commander accused of shoving his gun down a suspect's throat and pressing a stun gun to the man's groin.

Judge Diane Cannon on Monday found Cmdr. Glenn Evans not guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and official misconduct stemming from the 2013 incident involving Rickey Williams. Evans could have faced up to five years in prison, if convicted.

Evans says he confronted Williams because he saw him holding a gun.

Williams testified that Evans put his service pistol so far down his throat that he gagged and later spat blood. He says Evans must have mistaken a cellphone he had been holding for a weapon. Investigators never found a gun.

The ruling comes amid heightened scrutiny of Chicago police tactics and oversight.

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8:35 a.m.

A judge is expected to announce a verdict in the case of a Chicago police commander accused of thrusting a gun down a suspect's throat.

Cmdr. Glenn Evans also is accused of pressing a stun gun to the suspect's groin.

Evans is an African-American officer who's been with the Chicago police 29 years. He is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and official misconduct. Cook County Judge Diane Cannon says she'll announce a verdict at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Evans' three-day bench trial ended last week. The 53-year-old didn't take the stand in his own defense. His attorney questioned the victim's credibility and DNA evidence in the case, and said there's no evidence Evans had a stun gun.

Prosecutors say DNA shows the victim told the truth.