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Hearing Held To Determine If Abbate Will Remain With CPD

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Nov 17, 2009 9:40PM

A police board held a hearing today to determine whether or not Anthony Abbate will remain an officer with the Chicago Police Department. While Abbate has been relieved of duties without pay, FOX 32 reports he's still technically a member of the police force. As part of the hearing, Abbate testified but pled the Fifth nearly 100 times.

To recap: in February 2007, Abbate was caught on tape beating bartender Karolina Obrycka at Jesse's Shortstop Inn. His trial was held this summer, during which he claimed his attack on Obrycka was in self-defense. He was eventually found guilty on a count of aggravated battery and sentenced to two years probation, anger management classes, alcohol evaluation, and 130 hours of community service.

The police board should return a decision later tonight.

Further reading: after the verdict this summer, The Reader's Whet Moser ran down similar crimes to see how Abbate's sentence stacked up.