02/24/2012

Jury will hear Chicago police 'code of silence' claim

Bartender Karolina Obrycka filed a 2007 lawsuit over an altercation at Jesse's Shortstop Inn

By Natasha Korecki and Frank Main
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — A jury can hear a bartender's claim that Chicago Police officers engaged in a "code of silence" to protect a cop who beat her in a videotaped attack seen around the world, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve denied the city's attempt to dismiss bartender Karolina Obrycka's 2007 lawsuit against Chicago and former police Officer Anthony Abbate. But the judge did toss out one of the counts against the city.

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