Jury deliberations to begin at Abbate civil trial

November 7, 2012

The Associated Press

Jurors are set to begin deliberating at a potentially landmark federal civil trial focused on whether Chicago police adhere to a code of silence protecting fellow officers accused of wrongdoing.

They're expected to withdraw Wednesday to start considering evidence in the case that stems from an off-duty officer's notorious 2007 beating of a bartender.

A video of Anthony Abbate attacking Karolina Obrycka went viral and became an embarrassment for police.

Obrycka sued Abbate and the city for damages.

In closings Tuesday, plaintiff's attorney Patrick Provenzale called Abbate "a monster" acting with impunity because of established police culture.

City attorney Barrett Rubens agreed Abbate was a monster but told jurors he isn't a "monster that the city created." And so she says the city isn't liable for his actions.