November beating trial for Chicago police officer

July 23, 2008 12:05:28 PM PDT
The Cook County state's attorney's office says a 12-year veteran of the Chicago police department will face trial November 19th on felony charges he beat a female bartender who wouldn't serve him drinks. Judge John Fleming ruled Wednesday that Anthony Abbate would receive a jury trial on 15 felony counts of aggravated batter, officials misconduct, intimidation, conspiracy and communicating with a witness.

Abbate has pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from the February 19th, 2007, incident. Surveillance video allegedly shows Abbate punching, kicking and throwing 24-year-old Karolina Obrycka to the floor.

Fleming has issued a gag order in the case. Phone calls seeking comment from Abbate's attorney Peter Hickey were not immediately returned.