BY FRANK MAIN AND ANNIE SWEENEY | Chicago Sun-Times Crime Reporters
Cops plan to pack a courtroom next week to protest a reputed Spanish Cobras gang leader whoâ€™s suing a former officer.
Juan Johnsonâ€™s lawsuit against former Chicago Police gang crimes specialist Reynaldo Guevara is set for trial Monday. Johnson accuses Guevara of framing him with a 1989 murder.
An appeals court tossed out Johnsonâ€™s conviction. He was retried and acquitted in 2004. At the second trial, a gang member said Guevara directed him to pick Johnson out of a lineup.
â€œThis is about gang-bangers who testify at a trial,â€ said Fraternal Order of Police vice president Greg Bella, explaining why officers are upset. â€œSomebody goes to jail, then they get together. They recant. A person gets released.â€
The FBI busted Johnson last year for allegedly selling drugs. At the time, he was a volunteer for the CeaseFire anti-violence group.
His criminal trial will follow the trial over his lawsuit.