Abused bartender joins city appeal in bar beating case

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The City of Chicago will pay a former bartender a lot of money for the beating she suffered at the hands of a drunken policeman five years ago; but the city wants something in return.

The Emanuel administration and plaintiff Karolina Obrycka are jointly asking a judge to throw out a jury finding that the Chicago Police Department engaged in a “code of silence” to protect officer Anthony Abbate from the consequences of his actions.

The city warns, future plaintiffs in police brutality cases could use the jury’s finding in their cases against the police.

By signing on to the city’s motion, Obrycka can be assured that the city won’t appeal her $850,000 damage award, and she’ll receive her money promptly.


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