Cop testifies in own defense in bar beating

March 31, 2009 3:49:06 PM PDT
One of the three Chicago police officers accused of beating four men at a bar took the stand on Tuesday in his own defense. Sergeant Jeff Planey denies any wrongdoing in the 2006 altercation.

The case is based largely on surveillance video from the West Loop bar. But the confrontations were mostly out of camera range.

Planey testified that one of the alleged victims was egging other people onto violence. He says he forced that man out of the bar to prevent the conflict from escalating. Under cross examination, Planey admitted that another officer, Paul Powers, was acting aggressively. He said he had to restrain him more than once.

Prosecutors have charged that Sergeant Jeffery Planey was captured on security video twice grabbing an alleged victim by the neck and throwing him against a wall. Planey and two other officers have been on trial since last week on charges of battery for allegedly attacking the men and their friends at the Jefferson Tap and Grille in December of 2006.


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