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City Seeks Dismissal of Bartender Beating Verdict

Officials offering to pay Karolina Obrycka $850,000

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city has asked a federal judge to overturn the jury verdict in the Anthony Abbate beating trial so other plaintiff's against the police department won't be able to invoke the same "code of silence" defense. (Published Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012)

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is hoping big bucks will make an embarrassing situation go away.

    City officials are seeking to pay Karolina Obrycka $850,000 if a federal judge will overturn last month's jury verdict in her case against former Chicago Police officer Anthony Abbate.

    Bartender Awarded $850K for Beating by Off-Duty Cop

    [CHI] Bartender Awarded $850K for Beating by Off-Duty Cop
    Jurors on Tuesday afternoon returned with a finding that the city's tolerance of the code emboldened off-duty officer Anthony Abbate to beat Karolina Obrycka. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012)

    "This agreement, in my view, closes a chapter on something before I was mayor happened, and it also allows us to protect the city against future lawsuits," Emanuel said Tuesday.

    Abbate was off-duty when his vicious beating of Obrycka, who was working as a bartender, was captured on videotape. The jury found that the police department's "code of silence" obstructed the investigation in order to protect Abbate.

    Bartender Beating Caught on Tape

    [CHI] Bartender Beating Caught on Tape
    Surveillance video shows the brutal attack of a female bartender at the hands of Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate. (Published Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009)

    "I have zero tolerance for anybody who thinks they are above the law," Emanuel said, adding that anyone who watched the video was disgusted by what they saw.

    Obrycka filed the motion jointly with the city because it would allow her to collect her award without going through an appeals process, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Though the city and Obrycka have filed the motion in concert, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve must give it a green light.