The Latest: Chicago officer sues after firing recommendation


CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on developments involving the Chicago Police Department (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

A Chicago police officer is suing the agency that investigates police misconduct after it recommended his firing over excessive force complaints.

Glenn Evans filed a federal lawsuit Thursday arguing that the Independent Police Review Authority botched investigations against him and set him up for criminal charges by leaking reports to the media. A judge acquitted Evans in December of charges he shoved his gun down a suspect’s throat.

IPRA officials didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the lawsuit.

In May, IPRA chief administrator Sharon Fairley recommended that Evans be fired in a separate misconduct case but the five-year statute of limitations had passed in April.

Evans’ attorney said in a statement that “shooting victims and police alike deserve a fair and honest investigation.”

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9:10 a.m.

A top Chicago police official says the department has “quite a few questions” after officers shot and killed a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation.

Chicago police say officers exited their vehicle around 7:30 p.m. Thursday after stopping a Jaguar convertible that had been reported stolen. Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante says the driver of the Jaguar then put the vehicle in drive, sideswiping a squad car and a parked vehicle. Escalante says at least two officers then fired and one person was shot.

Escalante says investigators will review video from police body cameras and in-car cameras. Escalante has described the investigation as “very active” but that “it’s going to take a while” to view the footage.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

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