Motion opposes Mayor’s plan to erase ‘code of silence’ ruling
Two Chicago law professors are trying to stop the city’s plan to erase part of a landmark verdict involving a police “code of silence.” They believe it would only allow for more police misconduct and allow the city to ignore the problem.
Northwestern law professor Locke Bowman, who is filing the motion along with professor Craig Futterman from the University of Chicago, have filed a motion to block the city of Chicago from erasing the verdict in what`s known as the bartender beating case.
The infamous video shows off-duty Chicago cop, Anthony Abbate, assaulting bartender Karolina Obrycka.
A federal jury found there is a code of silence within the CPD that protects rogue officers.
Obrycka agreed to allow the verdict to be set aside, in exchange for an $850,000 settlement and the guarantee she could not lose the money on appeal.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the judgement could hurt the city in other police misconduct cases and he insists CPD has changed under his watch.
Bowman says the verdict should stand, becaue it will help ensure justice for all city residents in the future.
Bowman says the code of silence allowed torture of suspects under police commander John Burge. He also believes the code prevented the initial arrest of former Mayor Daley‘s nephew in a fatal fight case.
The city`s motion to erase the verdict goes before a judge on friday morning
Futterman has a pending case against the Chicago police department.