Chicago to challenge verdict in beating case


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Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 8:27 am
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CHICAGO (AP) A spokesman for Chicago's law department says the city wasn't responsible for an off-duty police officer's attack on a female bartender in 2007.

A federal jury found on Tuesday that the city bore some responsibility for the attack by now-fired police officer Anthony Abbate and awarded the bartender $850,000. In a statement after the verdict, law department spokesman Roderick Drew said Abbate alone was responsible.

Drew says the jury got it wrong when it found the city had some responsibility. He says the city intends to challenge the verdict through post-trial motions and possibly an appeal.

Spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton says Mayor Rahm Emanuel is confident Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy doesn't tolerate a code of silence and will deal with members of the department 'who have a different view.'

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