Those wild and crazy Chicago cops...

Discussion in 'In the News' started by Macktee, May 17, 2007.

  1. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

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    Cop pleads not guilty to taped bartender beating


    • NEW: Chicago cop pleads not guilty to 15 charges in taped beating case
    • Anthony Abbate accused of beating female bartender
    • He's also charged with threatening witnesses to stop tape from coming out

    CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to beating a female bartender, and to threatening to arrest bar employees in a failed attempt to suppress a video of the attack that has been viewed around the world.

    In a brief hearing, Anthony Abbate's attorney entered not guilty pleas to all 15 felony counts of aggravated battery, official misconduct, intimidation, conspiracy and communicating with a witness.

    "He's pleading not guilty because he is not guilty," Peter Hickey said after the hearing. "And we expect at the end, the conclusion of the trial, that that's what the outcome will be."

    The charges stem from an alleged beating February 19 at a tavern on Chicago's northwest side that occurred after bartender Karolina Obrycka apparently refused to serve the off-duty officer any more drinks.

    Videotape from a surveillance camera in the tavern shows a man police say is the 250-pound Abbate punching, beating and throwing the 115-pound Obrycka to the floor.

    The video was broadcast repeatedly, embarrassing the city and prompting criticism of the police department because Abbate originally faced only a misdemeanor until the footage became public.

    The indictment alleges that Abbate, using a woman as an intermediary, threatened to plant drugs on bar employees and arrest customers for drunken driving if the video was turned over to authorities.

    Abbate, a 12-year department veteran, has not commented on the charges and declined to comment Wednesday.

    Three other officers were scheduled to appear in the same courthouse Wednesday on charges stemming from another alleged bar fight. The officers, charged with aggravated battery, are accused of beating up four businessmen at a Chicago bar in December.

    In a federal lawsuit filed this month, the businessmen claim the off-duty officers attacked them while they were playing pool. They contend they suffered broken ribs, broken facial bones, injured vertebrae and bruises, according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
     
  2. Rammstein

    Rammstein New Member

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    gimme a break! I mean...what is he gonna say? it was his evil twin?

    When they have video like that, saying he is not guilty is just gonna make it easier to give him a max sentence.
     

  3. CoolHand

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    Sounds like they need to give him a drug test too. He's gotta be smoking something.
     
  4. legacy38

    legacy38 Active Member

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    I'm curious as to what his defense will be, but I guess an idiot that would do something like that is byond reason.
     
  5. ptsmith24

    ptsmith24 New Member

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  6. Tinkerhell

    Tinkerhell Active Member

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    wonder if the defense has some plan to keep the video from being admitted as evidence? But even if so what about the witnesses? Can't really bar them....

    Hope he gets about 30 years.
     
  7. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Romans 1:16

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    I think his defense will be that he is on medication because he thinks he is Geraldo Rivera. :?
     
  8. maddog

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    Probably has one of those liberal lawyers that is a firm believer that he wasn't responsible for his actions because he was drunk or on drugs or some other lame excuse
     
  9. gunsmoker

    gunsmoker Lawyer and Gun Activist

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    Video Ain't Everything

    I once saw a video of cops beating the stuffing out of a motorist who had been detained and was spread-eagled on the ground. It seemed like the most clear-cut case of police brutality ever seen. The guy didn't look like he was resisting, only lifting his head once in a while or trying to crawl away from the people who were gang-beating him. But the state criminal jury in California did not convict any of the cops who beat Rodney King.

    A Video isn't the whole story, and it's not the only evidence a jury will be considering at the end of any trial.