Cop says he attacked bartender in self-defense

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A hulking Chicago police officer has testified that he threw, punched and kicked a female bartender half his size because he felt he was in danger.

A hulking Chicago police officer has testified that he threw, punched and kicked a female bartender half his size because he felt he was in danger. Anthony Abbate (ah-BAHT’-ee) acknowledged on the stand Tuesday that he was drunk during the February 2007 incident. But he said bartender Karolina Obrycka (ob-REYE’-kah) pushed him first as she tried to remove him from behind the bar. Abbate says he didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to be behind the bar, but he admitted that Obrycka had told him several times to get out and stay out. He’s charged with aggravated battery. A judge dismissed two official misconduct charges earlier in the day. Abbate was the only witness called by the defense. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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