A series of lawsuits against Chicago police commander Glenn Evans doesn’t stop, and another case of police brutality linked to his name has been brought to court. This time he is being sued by a woman named Rita King, who was arrested, threatened and injured after a domestic disturbance complaint.
In April 2011, the police came to King’s door and one officer equipped with a taser arrested her and returned to the police station. During the questioning, King was handcuffed to the table. She refused to be fingerprinted until she was given the reason of her arrest, so the cops called for backup. In came commander Evans who pressed his fist against King’s nose and pushed it for three to five minutes, repeatedly threatening “I’m going to push your nose through your brain”.
This caused King’s face to bleed profusely but instead of providing medical care the cops took her fingerprints and released her. King tried to walk home but lost consciousness a block away from the station. She regained consciousness about half an hour later and called a friend who took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a facial fracture.
What’s discouraging is the fact that Glenn Evans has got at least five other police brutality lawsuits behind him, all settled before trial. Despite this, he got promoted to commander in August 2012. King complained about officers having a “code of silence” that protects them and stated that “This de facto policy encourages Chicago Police officers to engage in misconduct with impunity and without fear of official consequences.”