More Circus Act
- A Cook County judge Thursday raised the possibility of allowing only audio coverage at the upcoming trial of a Chicago police commander on charges he shoved a gun into a suspect's throat and threatened to kill him.
Judge Diane Cannon tentatively set trial for Cmdr. Glenn Evans on Aug. 5.
The news media had asked to allow TV cameras and still photographers at Evans' trial as part of a test that is now in its sixth month at the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th Street and California Avenue.
The usual objections:
- At a hearing Thursday, Cannon said 14 possible witnesses objected to the in-court coverage, many of them because they said they worked undercover at times and didn't want their identities revealed.
The judge suggested that audio-only coverage may be a workable alternative but said she was not at this point ruling out allowing cameras at the trial.
And of course...:
- ....a Tribune analysis of internal Police Department records showed dozens of citizen complaints had been filed against Evans over a recent 8 1/2-year period. From January 2006 to July 2014 — a period in which Evans was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant and then commander — he amassed 36 complaints in all, far more than anyone else of his rank and exceeded by only 34 officers in the entire 12,000-strong department. He was never disciplined for any complaints, the records show.