Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Can you believe this?

I commented recently about the case of a Pittsburgh police officer who escaped criminal punishment for allegedly pistol-whipping and wounding a man on the city's South Side. Little did I know that the handling of that case would look like brilliant jurisprudence compared with what went down Tuesday in Chicago. A Chicago police officer who was found guilty of beating the living daylights out of a female bartender half his size got no jail time for the brutal attack. Anthony Abbate, who was off duty in February 2007 when he had a violent confrontation with barmaid Karolina Obrycka, walked away with two years of probation and an order to take anger-management classes. Talk about closing the barn door after the horse escaped. Prosecutors wanted Abbate to do some prison time, but in one of the stupidest statements ever made from the bench, Circuit Judge John Fleming said he saw no aggravating factors that would warrant a prison sentence. Why don't you look at the video and decide whether you see any aggravating circumstances. As you'll probably note, the 250-pound police officer, in response to Obrycka trying to remove him from the bar area, throws the 125-pound woman to the ground and holds her by the hair while punching, kneeing and kicking her. We have to assume that seeing a bear of a man opening up a can of whoop-ass on a small woman doesn't offend the judge's sensibilities. Fleming added, "If I believed sentencing Anthony Abbate to prison would stop people from getting drunk and hitting people, I'd give him the maximum sentence." Under Fleming's twisted way of thinking, we should just set murderers free, because clearly sentencing murderers to life in prison or capital punishment hasn't stopped homicides. Abbate, who was admittedly drunk during the confrontation, used the defense that the lady pushed him first. Oh, I see. If a girl pushes you first, it's OK to beat the hell out of her. And defense attorney Peter Hickey had the gall to add, "He's not a bad man; he did something bad." Not a bad man? A good man doesn't beat a woman half his size. No, let me rephrase that. A good man doesn't beat a woman, PERIOD. The police department says it wants to fire Abbate, who has been on unpaid suspension. What do you want to bet that the police union tries to block it?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only will this crap head not get fired, he will get paid for his days off!
Ron Wilson

June 24, 2009 at 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how the others in the bar came to her defense.

June 24, 2009 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you know, you never challenge a police officer on or off duty or members of their family, even if they are in the wrong. If you do, look out, no one will come to your rescue. You might even get killed in the process. Apparently the stress of their job seems to exclude them from what you or I would get arrested for. My sister's brother-in-law who lives in Detroit was found dead in his Apt. from what the police claim was an apparent suicide. He was in a bar and got into an argument with the bartender. He pulled his small pocket knife out when the bartender came at him. The Bartender was stabbed, non life threatening, small puncture wound. He picked up and left the Bar and went home. From what I was told the bartender is the brother of a member of the police dept. The Police said they found him in his Apt dead, gun shot wound to the back of the head. Apparent suicide, case closed. Bartender did not seek any restitution from the family for his injuries. Hmmm, I wonder why.

June 25, 2009 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger {cher} said...

having worked in and growing up 25 yrs on the southside of chicago, sadly what was just said is true. it's like a mini-mafia. you don't fuck with a cop or a cops family. it's disgusting, but true, and it happens all over this great land of ours.

June 25, 2009 at 11:22 AM  
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June 25, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous the anonymous one said...

I don't think all police are this evil. As I watch what is taking place in Iran right now, a handful of people killed everyday by the police. Their neighbors, friends drag the body down the street, and as I see these videos I wonder why don't the masses of people overthrow the cops? It takes a union. You have to stand shoulder to shoulder with your neighbor. UNITE! Till then here in America when we see a cop beat the hell out a woman, or tazer a 72yr old lady you need to form the largest group you can and peacefully protest against the police in that town or city till he or she is fired! Here in America we have become weak in every aspect. We have a " it's non of my business attitude". When we turn a blind eye to our friends, or family when the police do them wrong, we shall become the victim sooner or later.

June 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM  

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