Judge refuses to erase ‘code of silence’ verdict

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CourtA federal judge Thursday turned down the request by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration to erase a jury’s finding that the Chicago Police Department has a “code of silence” to protect rogue officers.

The ruling came in the case of the notorious videotaped barroom beating of a female bartender by an off-duty police officer. The ruling means the bartender will still get an $850,000 jury award from the November verdict in her lawsuit against the police department.

By David Heinzmann, Tribune reporter

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