WBEZ | karolina obrycka http://www.wbez.org/tags/karolina-obrycka Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en City, bartender ask judge to vacate verdict http://www.wbez.org/news/city-bartender-ask-judge-vacate-verdict-104187 <p><p>The city of Chicago and a bartender whose videotaped beating by an off-duty police officer drew national attention have taken the unusual step of asking a judge to toss a landmark civil verdict in the case.</p><p>In deciding against the city last month, jurors determined some officers follow a code of silence protecting rogue colleagues like the officer involved, Anthony Abbate.</p><p>This week&#39;s joint motion would let stand $850,000 in damages awarded to Karolina Obrycka.</p><p>If Judge Amy St. Eve grants the motion, the city would forgo any appeal and pay Obrycka the full damages immediately. Otherwise, a payment could be delayed years. Striking the verdict would deny others suing the city the chance to cite it as precedent.</p><p>There&#39;s a status hearing in the case Friday.</p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/city-bartender-ask-judge-vacate-verdict-104187 Jury deliberations to begin at Abbate civil trial http://www.wbez.org/news/jury-deliberations-begin-abbate-civil-trial-103717 <p><p>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.</p><p>They&#39;re expected to withdraw Wednesday to start considering evidence in the case that stems from an off-duty officer&#39;s notorious 2007 beating of a bartender.</p><p>A video of Anthony Abbate attacking Karolina Obrycka went viral and became an embarrassment for police.</p><p>Obrycka sued Abbate and the city for damages.</p><p>In closings Tuesday, plaintiff&#39;s attorney Patrick Provenzale called Abbate &quot;a monster&quot; acting with impunity because of established police culture.</p><p>City attorney Barrett Rubens agreed Abbate was a monster but told jurors he isn&#39;t a &quot;monster that the city created.&quot; And so she says the city isn&#39;t liable for his actions.</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 09:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/jury-deliberations-begin-abbate-civil-trial-103717