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"Firing Chicago Police Lt. Glenn Evans over an allegation of excessive force is no longer an option for the Independent Police Review Authority because the state's five-year statute of limitations has expired, authorities acknowledged Tuesday," the Sun-Times reports.

"IPRA spokeswoman Mia Sissac said Tuesday that the window in which Evans could have been fired for the alleged misconduct closed April 11 - and IPRA recommended firing Evans on May 6.

"Sissac said that IPRA chief Sharon Fairley 'was working under the impression at the time that we were okay under the five-year statute of limitation because the process had already begun.'"

I wonder who gave her that impression.

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"The missed opportunity is an embarrassment for the Independent Police Review Authority, the embattled agency that since the fallout over the Laquan McDonald video-recorded shooting has tried to reshape its performance and image," the Tribune reports.

"An IPRA spokeswoman said, however, that the agency is still investigating Cmdr. Glenn Evans over separate allegations of misconduct that carry penalties up to dismissal."

IPRA's new catch phrase: "You're almost fired!"

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"Beginning in early May, IPRA's chief administrator, Sharon Fairley, moved to have Evans fired for breaking the nose of a woman who refused to be fingerprinted, but police Superintendent Eddie Johnson proposed a 30-day suspension."

Was that before or after Johnson pledged to regain the trust of the community?

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"Evans had risen to commander in large part for his aggressive style and hands-on approach, but even at that rank he continued to amass an unusual number of citizen complaints, including nine as a commander, a Tribune analysis in 2014 found. The most serious allegation - that he shoved a gun down the throat of a man and threatened to kill him - led to him being criminally charged, but a Cook County judge acquitted Evans despite DNA evidence."

Which also existed in the nose-busting case. But maybe the nose and throat were the aggressors.

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"Sissac blamed administration changes within IPRA, prompted by the McDonald scandal, for the oversight.

"This one just fell through," she said.

"Sissac could not explain why it took IPRA nearly four years to make that initial recommendation, however."

Because they were too busy reforming themselves?

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"The complaint against Evans had resulted from the arrest of Rita King in April 2011 on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct. She was brought by officers to the Gresham police district station, where Evans then worked. In the lockup, she objected to being fingerprinted by officers, according to her lawsuit, which is pending in federal court.

"We know somebody who can get your fingerprints," the lawsuit alleged one of the officers told King.

"Evans was then summoned to the lockup. The lawsuit alleged he ordered officers to restrain King. Evans then pressed his fist into King's face, threatening to push her nose into her brain, the suit alleged.

"The misdemeanor charges against King were later dropped."

So the biggest criminal in the lockup that day was Evans.

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"But it wasn't until February 2015 that IPRA - long criticized for taking too long to complete its investigations - sustained the complaint against Evans and sought a 15-day suspension without pay.

"Facing a 90-day deadline to respond, then-Superintendent Garry McCarthy asked in mid-May 2015 for IPRA to conduct an additional investigation into the incident."

One that would last until April 11, 2016, I imagine.

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"By early May, Johnson, who had taken office weeks earlier, recommended that Evans be suspended for 30 days, double what IPRA sought.

"It was only then that Fairley realized that IPRA had mistakenly sought a 15-day suspension for a second time, according to Sissac. Four days later, on May 6, IPRA revised its recommendation and sought to fire Evans.

"Ten days later, Johnson sent a letter opposing the firing. On May 23, Fairley and Johnson met but were unable to reach a compromise on Evans' punishment.

"Fairley asked that the mayoral-appointed Chicago Police Board settle the dispute but withdrew her request the next day.

"However, lawyers then revealed to Fairley and Johnson that they had missed the five-year deadline in April."

Now I feel like punching someone in the nose.

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"Despite the passing of the statute of limitations, Evans could still be suspended for up to 30 days without pay for breaking King's nose.

"Evans also could still be disciplined for the January 2013 incident that led to him being criminally charged - even though he was acquitted.

"Sissac said a new team of IPRA investigators will 'start from scratch' on that investigation."

Great, I'll set an alert for 2021.

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"The Tribune published a front-page story in 2014 that Evans had amassed 36 complaints from January 2006 through July 2014, a period in which he was promoted to lieutenant and then named one of only 22 district commanders. Over that 81/2-year period, Evans had far more complaints than any other commander and topped all but 34 officers for the entire 12,000-strong department.

"He continued to pile up complaints - nine in all - even after he was promoted to commander of the South Side's Grand Crossing police district in August 2012 by McCarthy, according to a Tribune analysis of the data.

"Combined with previously released records, Evans has been the subject of at least a combined 50 complaints since 2001.

"Evans has been disciplined only on rare occasions despite his lengthy history of complaints."

We, on the other hand, are punished every time we have to read about this guy.

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UN: Trump 7 Months Away From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons.

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Wiscontext.

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