Headline say it all!
6 Officers Stripped Of Police Powers After Beating
Police Superintendent: 'I Am Disgusted'
Six officers stripped of police powers
Questions about preferential treatment
Police Superintendent Cline Cracking Down on Police Misconduct
Cline takes on thug cops
Six stripped of police powers in 2nd bar beating
BY ANNIE SWEENEY Crime Reporter Sun-Times
City must end shameful history of bad cops now
BY CAROL MARIN Sun-Times Columnist
Badge of dishonor
Cop in video attack allegedly tried to bribe, threaten woman following savage beating
BY FRANK MAIN, ERIC HERMAN AND LISA DONOVAN Staff Reporters Sun-Times
Police officials look to reform disciplinary process
By David Heinzmann
Tribune staff reporter
The headlines look bleak and really what can we expect? The department has reacted and the superintendent has implemented a new policy of stripping those (within 48 hours) accused in any instance that a preponderance of evidence would lead to criminal charges. Forget about due process. It is far more expedient for the department to trash your right to due process than to appear to be doing nothing.
There is no excuse for Abbate and we have yet to see the video of the Jefferson Tap incident. Abbate should be facing battery charges (not felony) and should be facing 30 days pending separation. The City shouldn't be liable in this case because he was not acting in a police capacity. In the Jefferson Tap incident we have heard the lawyer's spin in the press. We doubt that four businessmen at 2:00 am were just attacked without provocation by six off-duty coppers. According to the media two of these businessmen were employed at the Chicago Board of Trade. We know plenty of police officers that were previously employed at the CBOT and the MERC including one of the SCS members. That being said we also know that most people at the Board are off the floor and in the bar by 2:30 pm. Lots of drinking being done by 2:00 am. The term "businessmen" makes me laugh the image is that of a gangly nerdy timid guy who wouldn't start a fight and the victim of bully's. From what I hear these "businessmen" started shit and ended up being on the losing end of a fight.
These officers should of done one of two things: walk away or take police action. However the male ego in this case probably prevented either to be done.