City's Defense Rests in Bartender Beating Case

Closing arguments expected Tuesday

Monday, Nov 5, 2012  |  Updated 8:05 PM CDT
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City's Defense Rests in Bartender Beating Case

Karolina Obrycka

Defense attorneys representing the city in a case tied to a former cop's 2007 beating of a bartender rested their case Monday.

Closing arguments in Karolina Obrycka's lawsuit against the city and the police department are expected Tuesday.

Obrycka's lawsuit contends police brass fostered a culture with a "code of silence" and tried to brush the beating she received from off-duty officer Anthony Abbate under the rug. A high-ranking officer testified last Friday that she never sought to minimize the charges against Abbate.

Security video of the attack went viral nationwide and became a major embarrassment for the Chicago Police Department.

Obrycka testified a week ago the beating was so violent that she feared she would never again see her son.

A week earlier, Abbate told the court he didn't remember the attack because he was drunk and told the court that he never implored officers to cover up the incident. He was convicted of aggravated battery in 2009 and sentenced to probation.

The police department later fired him.

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