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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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