Published November 14, 2012
CHICAGO – A jury's verdict that Chicago Police Department fostered a code of silence to protect rogue officers has led to demands for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his hand-picked police chief to take action.
A federal jury found others on the force were willing to play down or even hide a brutal attack by an off-duty officer against a female bartender. The jury awarded the bartender $850,000.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy issued a statement Wednesday saying he "will never tolerate a code of silence." Emanuel has said the same.
For McCarthy, the challenge is to sort out what came out during the trial. That includes questions about how seriously the head of the department's internal affairs unit who is now one of his top aides took the allegations against officer Anthony Abbate.