Chicago moves to have verdict in cop beating set aside
(MCT) — CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration asked a federal judge Monday to set aside a jury verdict in the infamous videotaped beating of a female bartender by an off-duty police officer — essentially agreeing to pay the woman $850,000 now in return for erasing the jury’s finding that a police “code of silence” protected the bad cop.
The unusual request is an attempt to prevent last month’s damaging verdict from being cited by lawyers in other lawsuits against the police department. The former bartender filed the motion jointly with the city; she stands to quickly collect the jury award she won without risking the chance of losing on appeal or having the trial judge reduce the amount.
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