- A federal judge Thursday turned down a city request to set aside a jury judgement that a “code of silence” in the Chicago Police Department played a role in the video taped beating of bartender Karolina Obrycka by police officer Anthony Abbate.
The city said it would still pay the full $850,000 in damages a jury awarded to Obrycka, but had asked the court to vacate the judgement so it would not set a precedent for potential future lawsuits against the city.
City attorneys had claimed the jury verdict was not clear and that the precedent set by it would be of little value in future cases.
But Judge Amy St. Eve in her decision noted that when the city had a chance to settle, it decided to pursue the case, calling it “a matter of principal.”
So this means one of two things:
- The city will now have to spend millions more dollars defending the supposed "Code of Silence" each and every time it's brought up in court.....OR
- enact real reforms, end the covering for the connected clout babies and actually put qualified people in the spots that they are capable of managing.
Since this is Rahm and the democrats running the show, expect Option #1 - it isn't their money that they're spending.