CHICAGO (WLS) --A Chicago police commander facing charges was stripped of his police powers on Wednesday.
Cmdr. Glenn Evans is accused of placing the barrel of his gun in a suspect's mouth. He will be in court on Thursday.
Evans faces aggravated battery and official misconduct charges. Until he was charged, he headed the West Side's Harrison Patrol District.
The incident allegedly happened early last year when he was the commander of the Grand Crossing District on the South Side. A report from the state police lab found DNA from the suspect on the barrel of Evans' gun.
Just this past Monday, Supt. Garry McCarthy was asked if he supported Evans.
"i'm not going to answer that question it's absurd, do I support him, if I didn't support him, he wouldn't be there," said Supt. Garry McCarthy.
On Wednesday night, McCarthy said in a statement: "As soon as we were aware of the charges, Commander Evans was relieved of his police powers, pending the outcome of this matter."
He went on to say that like any private citizen, the commander is innocent until proven guilty. Records show Evans has 14 complaints filed against him between 2001 and 2006, and he was not disciplined in any of those cases.