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    Prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor count Tuesday against a police officer accused of beating a female bartender in an attack videotaped by a surveillance camera, leaving him still facing a felony charge.

    Anthony Abbate, a 12-year police veteran, appeared before a judge for about 30 seconds as prosecutors dropped the charge of simple battery.

    That count was filed after the 250-pound officer's arrest in the Feb. 19 beating of a 115-pound bartender, but prosecutors later upgraded the charges to felony aggravated battery.

    An April 27 hearing was scheduled on the felony charge.

    If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison, Cook County state's attorneys office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

    The videotape shows Abbate, 38, who was off duty, punching, kicking and throwing 24-year-old bartender Karolina Obrycka to the floor after she allegedly refused to continue serving him drinks. Obrycka suffered bruises on her head, neck, back and lower body, said her attorney, Terry Ekl.

    The state's attorney's office and police also are looking into claims that Abbate and at least one other person threatened Obrycka and the owner of the bar, police have said.

    Abbate has been placed on leave and police have said they intend to fire him.


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    At least the music was relaxing.
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    what's with the guy that stood at the end of the bar and watched the whole thing without jumping in to help the woman? Was he one of the cops friends? Either way it appeared that he did nothing when he could have jumped in.
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    The music on the background is abit random. Since when security cameras record the sound?

    On anyway that woman stands up in the end like nothing has happened. Go figure, you don't get a full perspective on the story but I really doubt not serving a drink would make him do whatever is shown on the tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post
    The music on the background is abit random. Since when security cameras record the sound?

    On anyway that woman stands up in the end like nothing has happened. Go figure, you don't get a full perspective on the story but I really doubt not serving a drink would make him do whatever is shown on the tape.
    The story is he had been drinking for quite some time. "not serving a drink" should be translated to "cutting him off"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wickett View Post
    The story is he had been drinking for quite some time. "not serving a drink" should be translated to "cutting him off"
    Still very vague. That Abbate dude could just be a drunk-head jerk who had been calling the woman names and acting vulgar, and everything happened according to the story. On the other hand it might be something like the case of a guy killing his neighbour, everybody going like "what an asshole! Cut his head off now for this" and then it turned out that his neighbour had a sexual intercourse with his 9-year-old daughter (or at least something along those lines). I don't think anything of this is the case with that bar attendant but still.

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    I can't stomach that thing, I saw it on the news and went from happy-go-lucky to highly upset in about two seconds. I don't see how any male of the species could stand there and not do something. I'm not a violent person but I would be haunted for years to see something like that and not step up, you simply have to.

    The whole thing is disturbing, along with that elderly mugging from a couple of weeks ago. What is wrong with some people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    I don't see how any male of the species could stand there and not do something. I'm not a violent person but I would be haunted for years to see something like that and not step up, you simply have to.
    I agree, that part of the video is disturbing

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post
    Still very vague. That Abbate dude could just be a drunk-head jerk who had been calling the woman names and acting vulgar, and everything happened according to the story. On the other hand it might be something like the case of a guy killing his neighbour, everybody going like "what an asshole! Cut his head off now for this" and then it turned out that his neighbour had a sexual intercourse with his 9-year-old daughter (or at least something along those lines). I don't think anything of this is the case with that bar attendant but still.
    OK, it seems to me you are saying there may have been some sort of justification for that guy, a police officer no less, to do what he did. I can't think of anything that she could have possibly done in the time he sat down to drink and when this video was shot that would justify this reaction. Can you?

    I mean, she could have spit in his face, slapped him silly, then told him he couldn't drink any more, and this is still not justified. This guy is a Pussy, period. I hope he gets his ass you-know-what in prison.

    BTW, I love the way this moron smacks his jaw into the counter while trying to hit her. I think that did more damage than all of his punches.
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    Watching the other patrons just stand there while he smacks the bejeezus out of her pisses me off about as much as him beating her does. What the fuck?!!!! What a bunch of pussies.
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    So we got people standing around and shouting while this fat-ass was beating up a girl. And then she just gets up and runs away (it kinda looked like a lot of his punches were missing).
    And that fatwad is a cop?? I see that law enforcement continues to find guys that are in peak shape. What a fuckin' idiot.

    Now honestly what's really going to happen to him? Not much I'm sure. Funny how things work. If I was there I would have done something (say like smash a bottle over his head), and then I'd be the one getting sued and possibly going to jail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    So we got people standing around and shouting while this fat-ass was beating up a girl. And then she just gets up and runs away (it kinda looked like a lot of his punches were missing).
    And that fatwad is a cop?? I see that law enforcement continues to find guys that are in peak shape. What a fuckin' idiot.

    Now honestly what's really going to happen to him? Not much I'm sure. Funny how things work. If I was there I would have done something (say like smash a bottle over his head), and then I'd be the one getting sued and possibly going to jail.
    I have to imagine any jury watching a video of you smashing a bottle over this piece of trash's head would not convict you of anything.
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    This makes me sick , what a tough guy . he will get his , Karma is a bitch .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCJanko View Post
    I have to imagine any jury watching a video of you smashing a bottle over this piece of trash's head would not convict you of anything.
    But the fact is that I wouldn't be surprised if they did convict me. This country's justice system is so fucked up it wouldn't surprise me.

    Anyway, I just realized that the title of this thread says that the charges were dropped. WTF??

 

 

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