Evan's Sues IPRA, Others
- A high-ranking Chicago police officer recommended for firing after a string of excessive force complaints filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging officials at the embattled Independent Police Review Authority botched investigations of wrongdoing against him and set him up for criminal charges by leaking reports to the media.
Glenn Evans, a controversial former South Side commander known for his aggressive policing style, was acquitted in December by a Cook County judge on charges he shoved his gun down Rickey Williams' throat, despite evidence showing the alleged victim's DNA on Evans' gun. Last month, a bid to fire Evans, who is now a lieutenant, over a separate misconduct allegation fizzled after officials realized they had failed to act before a five-year statute of limitations passed on taking disciplinary action.
Evans alleged in a nine-count lawsuit filed Thursday evening that a disgruntled IPRA investigator, Matrice Campbell, leaked key information about the DNA tests on the gun to a reporter for WBEZ, who used it in a series of reports on the investigation.
According to the suit, Campbell long held a grudge against Evans because he had written her up for insubordination in 1999 when she worked at the Wentworth District police station while he was a sergeant.
And if you read Martin Preib's Crooked City blog, the connections of Evans to the Hobley arson, the "Innocence Project," certain Chicago media and other Chicago law firms, you have a sordid tale that Hollywood couldn't make up. Evans has a helluva case that screams "conspiracy."