Caught On Tape: Chicago Cops Cleared In Beating

Three Chicago police officers have been acquitted of charges they attacked two brothers in a tavern brawl that was caught on video.

Cook County Judge Thomas Gainer Jr. issued the verdict Tuesday.

Officers Paul Powers and Gregory Barnes and Sgt. Jeffery Planey were charged with aggravated battery. Planey also was charged with official misconduct and obstruction of justice.

The judge found the officers not guilty on all charges.

Chicago police in the courtroom started to clap as Gainer announced the verdict. They were quickly admonished by the judge, but clapped again after the hearing adjourned.

It was one of two highly publicized cases in which off-duty Chicago officers were charged after videotaped incidents at taverns.

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  • by Phil Location: Greenville on May 2, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    Does not suprise me at all. A crooked judge looking out for there own. 75% of cops and judges are crooked, and the 25% left that are good people are being run out faster everyday.
  • by Mike on May 2, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    Off duty police officers should not be allowed in Bars/taverns.Just because there off duty dosent mean there attitude is off duty,and i speak from personall expeience with the BCSD.

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