- A Chicago police detective who was beaten while off-duty on Chicago's North Side over a week ago is reacting to the news that the man accused of beating him will not face a more serious charge.
Detective Steven Amato says he announced that he was a police officer during the beating. The beating took place after the man allegedly ran into the detective's personal car.
Detective Amato and others believe the charges should be more serious because the attack was against a police officer. The police officer's alleged attacker, 27-year-old John Jasa,s remains free after attending court last week, where a judge refused to charge him with attacking a police officer. That follows a decision by the state's attorney's office to file what is "perceived" as a lesser felony because, they say, Detective Amato was off duty. The veteran cop counters, saying a Chicago police officer is "always" on duty.
But if an off-duty cop is beaten at the scene of a minor traffic accident, announces his office prior to and during the attack, suffers numerous bruises to his face, arms and torso, misses work because of his injuries, well that's just too damn bad. Cook County ASA's will go for the lower charge and to add insult to injury, call the case a week before the victim's assigned court date and not even tell him. And these are supposed to be the people on our side.
UPDATE: Is this why the State is low-balling the charges?
- And Jasas is the brother of one of the guys involved in the leonard Clark beating back in 1997 http://www.cnn.com/US/9810/19/racial.beating/
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