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Police Chief Testifies Against Chicago Cop in Aggravated Battery Case

Police Chief Testifies Against Chicago Cop in Aggravated Battery Case

Waukegan Police Chief Artis Yancey (left) testified that he was threatened and attacked by North Chicago police officer Carl Sain during a 2009 altercation.

Chicago Sun Times via YellowBrix

April 14, 2010

CHICAGO – After North Chicago police officer Carl Sain found his estranged wife with another man, the cop stuck a pistol in the man’s face and demanded to know why he was there.

That’s the scenario laid out by Waukegan Police Chief Artis Yancey, who testified Tuesday that he was the man threatened and attacked by Sain during a 2009 altercation.

“He had the gun pointed at my forehead. He was enraged,” Yancey told a Lake County jury. “I said, ‘calm down, don’t shoot.’”

Sain didn’t shoot, Yancey said, but instead wrestled him to the ground and punched him in the face with his fists and the handgun he was holding.

“I was just trying not to lose consciousness,” Yancey said of the blows he took.

Yancey recounted for jurors the June 17, 2009 incident as Sain’s trial for aggravated battery opened in Waukegan.

The 46-year-old Sain — who just months earlier had been named North Chicago’s “Officer of the Year” by a civic group — faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Sain is accused of pummeling Yancey so badly that he broke several bones in the chief’s face, requiring him to undergo surgery to repair the damage.

The violent confrontation occurred after Sain came to his estranged wife’s Waukegan home at about 11 p.m. — and discovered Yancey inside visiting the woman.

Yancey and Sheryl Sain testified that they were friends who had long known each other casually, but both said they weren’t dating.

Sheryl Sain testified that she had separated several months earlier from her husband of eight years and had filed for divorce.

She and Yancey said they were on the second-floor of her home, changing a light bulb in a bathroom fixture when someone began pounding on the front door and ringing the doorbell.

Sheryl Sain said she suspected it was her husband and refused to answer the door in an effort to avoid a clash.

She and Yancey testified that several minutes later they heard glass breaking by the front door. Yancey told her to call police, then leave the home, Sheryl Sain said, adding that as she left she saw her estranged husband run past her carrying a handgun.

Yancey testified he was armed, but didn’t try to take out his own weapon before he was confronted by Carl Sain because he feared it would only provoke a deadly shootout.

’There would be gunfire — and he would be dead, and I would be dead," Yancey said. “It was my intent to avoid any confrontation with this man.”

Though Yancey had been an instructor in close-quarters combat, he said he didn’t have a chance to defend himself after Sain stormed into the room and pointed the gun at him.

“You can do all the hand-to-hand you want, but if they have a gun, you lose,” Yancey said.

Sain’s attorney, Charvis Walker, contended the North Chicago cop never took out his handgun during the altercation.

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