Cop Says He Punched, Kicked Female Bartender Because He Felt In "Danger"

A judge has found a suspended Chicago police officer guilty of aggravated battery in the videotaped beating of a bartender after she refused to serve him more drinks.

Anthony Abbate testified Tuesday that he threw, punched and kicked the woman who was half his size because he felt he was in danger.

He acknowledged he was drunk when the beating happened in February 2007. But he says Karolina Obrycka pushed him first as she tried to remove him from behind the bar.

Abbate faces from probation to up to five years in prison when he's sentenced June 23. Judge John Fleming denied a request to revoke his bond, and Abbate remains free.

The judge dismissed two official misconduct charges.



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A Chicago police officer has testified that he threw, punched and kicked a female bartender half his size because he felt he was in danger.

Anthony Abbate acknowledged on the stand Tuesday that he was drunk during the February 2007 incident.

But he said bartender Karolina Obrycka pushed him first as she tried to remove him from behind the bar.

Abbate says he didn't know he wasn't supposed to be behind the bar, but he admitted that Obrycka had told him several times to get out and stay out.

He's charged with aggravated battery. A judge dismissed two official misconduct charges.

Abbate was the only witness called by the defense.


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