Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate—caught on video beating up a young woman bartender—has been sentenced. He got probation.
Note that Abbate is still a police officer. The Independent Police Review Authority has recommended he be fired, and it sounds like he was convicted of a felony, which should disqualify him for the police force, but God only knows what the Police Board will do.
Chicago’s Police Board is often described as the “civilian review” component of the disciplinary system, which sounds good, but as I understand it, the only thing they can do in police disciplinary actions is to either approve, reduce, or eliminate the recommended punishment. In other words, it’s a way for the city political structure to protect officers who have connections.
My guess is that Abbate doesn’t have any connections good enough to survive so publicly disgracing the department, but…this is Chicago.
The thing is, Abbate’s not the real problem. He’s just a drunken fool. Notice, however, that there’s been no word in months about the allegations that other officers tried to cover this up and intimidate witnesses with threats of arrest. That would be a criminal conspiracy within the police department.
Nothing to see here. Move along.