Karolina Obrycka's Lawsuit Against Anthony Abbate, Jr. Assigned To Judge St. Eve

Karolina Obrycka's lawsuit against Anthony Abbate, Jr., Gary Ortiz, Patti Chiriboga and the City of Chicago has been assigned to Judge Amy St. Eve. Obrycka was the bartender at Jesse's Shortstop Inn, 5425 W. Belmont Avenue, in Chicago, who was beaten by Officer Abbate on February 19, 2007, after she refused to serve him more alcohol. The beating was caught on videotape. The complaint describes the brutal beating that Obrycka suffered and also alleges that defendants Ortiz and Chiriboga told Obrycka that if she would not file a complaint against Abbate that Abbate would pay for her medical bills, lost wages and other financial loss as a result of the beating. The complaint alleges that after Obrycka refused that offer, Abbate, Chiriboga and others told Obrycka that "Defendants were aware of the Plaintiffs' vehicle identification tags and descriptions, and that if the Plaintiffs did not turn over to the Defendants (or destroy) the video tape recording of Abbate savagely beating the Plaintiff, Karolina Obrycka, that the Plaintiffs and patrons of Jesse's Shortstop Inn would be falsely arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or possession and/or trafficking of cocaine." The complaint also alleges that the Chicago Police Department conducted a "sham" investigation of the incident. Martin Kolodziej, the manager of Jesse's Shortstop Inn, and Eva Cepiaszuk, the owner of Jesse's Shortstop Inn, are also plaintiffs in the suit, as they were threatened by defendants to destroy the video tape. The suit seeks damages in excess of $1,000,000.