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Suit: Chicago cop threw bottle at woman’s head

A bartender who says a Chicago police sergeant tried to intimidate her to prevent her from filing charges another another officer is suing the city for $2 million.

Jennifer Cafferata, a bartender at Tommy’s on Higgins, says a drunk off-duty officer threw a beer bottle at her head when she stopped serving him last May 15th.

When she went to the Jefferson Park Police District, Cafferata claims a police sergeant tried to discourage her from filing charges and told her the officer would file a cross complaint.

The officer has never been charged.

A complaint Cafferata filed with the Independent Police Review Authority is pending investigation.


27 Comments to “Suit: Chicago cop threw bottle at woman’s head”

    pagan69 said:
    April 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Sounds about right.

    sharong4 said:
    April 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Here we go again.

    sharong4 said:
    April 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Was it caught on tape?

    attitude killer said:
    April 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    nope i betcha she got witnesses

    joe said:
    April 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity! Make it 4 million, and then get a real job.

      Fed up said:
      April 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      That's how the lazy get rich. Just blame a cop, become a millionaire!

        John said:
        April 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        You do have a point but it doesn't excuse a cop, on or off duty, to conduct himself in an abusive manner.

    ann said:
    April 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    that is a real job when you have to put up with dranks and it pays the bills

    marry said:
    April 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    She did the right thing.She is the one who got hurt. Because you are a police officer dose not give you the right to break the law either.you make it sound like she is the bad one here. SO IT IS UP TO THE COURTS.Not us

    MrCrabs said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    How quickly we forget. This is very similar to the case last year when the female bartender refused to serve more drinks to an off-duty cop who was becoming belligerent. He was caught on the security cam after he went around the bar and started kicking & punching the bartender. Even with the tape, the cops tried to bully her into dropping it. The tape showed the cop throwing her around like a rag doll while grabbing her by the hair, punching her, and kicking her. None of the other patrons intervened. Yes, she has a right to work at an hourly wage job and receive tips without being assaulted. Especially went it's by a cop.

    Louisa said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Abbatte come to mind anyone?

      John said:
      April 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      More to come!

    kirby1414 said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Chicago political and police "CRIME" at it's best…. same old -same old – Things will never change in Chicago, as long as things like this happen, and it's considered OK and right – when clearly it is NOT. Someone is going to have to have the B##ls to step up and make things right…Corruption is rampant and the normal way of life in Chicago…and the city and its politicians are made fun of on cable TV – - all the time…additionally – our crime rate is in the news. We are clearly a 'laughing stock'~

    NenaG said:
    April 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    If its on the news or the Internet…it must be true. Three sides to every story. If it happened a year ago and we are just hearing about it now that is a bit suspicious.

    spe said:
    April 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Thats whats wrong with these policeman they figure they have the badge they can abuse the people just like the gangbangers, there is no difference.

      John said:
      April 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Yes, they are thugs in uniform!

    bubba said:
    April 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    How do you sue the city if he is off duty?

      dora said:
      April 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      because she was threatened with repercussions by a police seargent.

      Cate said:
      April 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      It is possible to sue the city in this case. Take a look at the nice settlement recently won by the bartender who was beaten (on tape) by an OFF DUTY Chicago cop. The bartender got millions, which she deserved.

    Reese Riley Jourdain said:
    April 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Man this unacceptible we can't have this in our anymore, I say we take stand Who's with me?

      Darwin said:
      April 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      hang yourself

    attitude killer said:
    April 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    yeah you should see what they do when they integrate you… i've learned first hand trust me they get the answer they want

      calvin said:
      April 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM


    Cate said:
    April 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Hey Joe, YOU must be the drunken cop who threw the bottle! Ms. Cafferata has a REAL job. What's the shame of being a bartender? She's working, isn't she? The shame is a drunken, Chicago police officer throwing a beer bottle at a woman's head, and then a police sergeant trying to stop her from filing a charge. I hope she gets double what she's asking for in her lawsuit. Women are "mad as hell and won't take it any more" when it comes to abusive, disrespectful, or violent men.

    Anonymous said:
    April 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Cook County.
    The only county in the entire USA where jurors award people money for LYING.

    Despicable. If this broad wants a few million maybe she should go get herself an education and a real fricking job. Yeccch.

    NenaG said:
    April 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    FYI…I could file a lawsuit tomorrow claiming that I was anywhere and someone did something to me. That is the right of the people in these United States. Before people decide which party is at fault why don't you all sit back and see what unfolds. After what happened with Abbate do you really think that the CPD and the internal investigation unit would ignore this type of accusation for a year? There is no conspiracy as two police officers are not worth the risk of an entire department. Keep in mind all parties in this situation have families and reputations and neither should be blasted through the media as the media will NEVER report the whole story. So everyone RELAX.

    JCHIB said:
    April 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    So since it is an Officer, this gets blasted by the media. Yet how many times have you been in a bar, and seen this happen. I have seen plenty of people be flat out rude to bartenders, and the bartenders do nothing. But now that it is a CPD Officer, they say something and feel like they will get all of the support of the community. Why did she wait almost a year to file a lawsuit? The whole story and truth will come out. And for all of you who are flat out bashing this city and the people who protect it. Then leave!!! Sure, corruption exists, bad cops exist, good cops exist. It is the same in every city. And if you don't like it, then please, do us all a favor and leave. I am proud to call myself a Chicagoan. I am proud to say that I have plenty of friends and family that serve this city, and this country, in various ways. Just remember, the next time you call 911, or ask an officer for assistance, that they are the ones who will protect you and your loved ones. We are all human beings, and people make mistakes. Including myself and everyone who has made a comment on this page. Good day.

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