Friday, May 13, 2016

Don't Touch the Gun

  • A federal jury rejected an Austin beauty store owner’s claim that he was wrongfully shot by three Chicago police officers in March 2012 after he was robbed at gunpoint.

    Jurors sided Thursday with Officers Miguel Torres, Rolando Ruiz and Thomas Petrenko on claims of excessive force, false arrest, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress, awarding no damages to store owner Bassil Abdelal. The officers’ lawyers said Abdelal pointed a shiny chrome handgun at the officers when they responded to the robbery. Abdelal denied it.

    The federal civil trial had previously been set to begin in December 2015, weeks after a Cook County judge ordered release of video depicting the fatal shooting by police of 17­-year­-old Laquan McDonald. Fearing the officers would not get a fair trial amid the swirling controversy, city lawyers convinced U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to delay the case until this month.

    But in the end, it took jurors roughly four hours to vindicate the officers at the end of a four-day trial. Abdelal’s attorney, Justin London, refused to acknowledge a reporter as he left the courtroom.
This guy picked up the gun dropped during the robbery and exited his store as police arrived. A mistake on his part, but completely preventable. Good to see a decent case put together and won.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the jury. It does show that we don't have the support of the media, politicians and a select group of liberals/blm but the majority of good and reasonable people do support us still.

5/13/2016 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Justin London, refused to acknowledge a reporter as he left the courtroom"

Can't make the first payments on his new yacht, walking out to stop delivery of it

5/13/2016 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they were hoping to settle before a trial for bucks.

5/13/2016 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is one for the good guys.

5/13/2016 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for the shop owner.

If the scumbags are fleeing, you can't shoot the b@stards anyway. Stay in the store, keep any witnesses there, and make sure the thieving scumbags don't come back.

5/13/2016 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The robbers were that inept they dropped their gun during the robbery? Really?

5/13/2016 02:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for the officers.
Sgt. Shank.

5/13/2016 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Justin, you suck. I would like to know how much was offered up to settle the case by the corporation counsel that you and your idiot client turned their noses up at prior to trial? We know there was an offer. I will read about it in the Jury Reporter next month. But I have one question; why did your client not drop the gun when told to do so? The "I didn't hear them" seems incredible. I'm certian at least five cops yelled out in a variety of phrases each containing one in common "drop the gun motherfucker" was heard by everyone on the block.

5/13/2016 06:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Sgt. Voight said...

Finally, a jury in Chicago get's it right. Wait, were these jurors imported from one of the collar counties?

5/13/2016 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago citizens on any jury suing the City of Chicago should be advised that...

...IT'S YOUR FRIGGIN' MONEY YOUR GIVING AWAY!

And usually to who, a scumbag you wouldn't want sitting next to you on a bus.

Maybe this jury got the idea and a study jury and how they were picked should be made for future trials.

Just curious, how much did the City offer the shop owner to settle the case before trial?

5/13/2016 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow still sucks for the officers to have to go through all of that

5/13/2016 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any money for the gun buy-back?

5/13/2016 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now comes the federal civil rights case!

5/13/2016 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many murders on TV soap opera have we seen where a person is shot, someone runs out of the room, some mope who walks in afterwards picks up the gun just in time to be seen with gun in hand and gets blames for the murder?

Dumbass.

Hopefully the city will go after him for legal expenses.

5/13/2016 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feel sorry for the shop owner? My guess is the city made a reasonable or even generous offer and it was refused. Took his chances at trial with a greedy lawyer. If he turned down an offer I don't feel bad for him at all. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.

5/13/2016 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He can go back to his "beauty supply store" and sell $20 wigs made in China.

5/13/2016 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thing it was a federal jury and not a circus court of crook county jury. The officers were able to better jury pool from which to draw. Hopefully the plaintiff will have to pay some of the costs.....

5/13/2016 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


"Justin London, refused to acknowledge a reporter as he left the courtroom"

Can't make the first payments on his new yacht, walking out to stop delivery of it

5/13/2016 12:11:00 AM

Crybaby reporter. So, the man won't respond to your demand for a soundbite. Get over it.

5/13/2016 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the FOP was smart they would call a press conference and call for the city to proceed on more trails instead of settling these cases. Here is a hint for Deano: You are a former college professor, you know (or should know)on how to conduct research projects. Have one of your members who has a college degree conduct a study on how many law suites where filled against Police Officers. List the law firms that are filling the suites, the moneys they receive, and the monies paid out to the plaintiffs. This study will also show how many times the city settles a suite for under $50,000.00 or $100,000.00. The men and woman of the department are getting hammered by the press on the amount of monies paid out in these law suites. You know as well as the members know that the city settles cases not on the merits but how much it will cost to go to court and fight these suites.This case and the Anthony Porter case are prime examples of fighting law suites instead of settling. Go on the offense. You are not going to get reelected just sitting on your ass.

5/13/2016 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karma is a bitch! This guy's attorney is a real asshole too. I hope his one-man "law firm" is knee deep in debt over this non-sense.

5/13/2016 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good "jury pickin'" by somebody

5/13/2016 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloody summer coming extremely hot summer for Chicago:

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/140524360-story

Very hot hello Eddie looking like you will have to close the beaches due to extreme heat like the mayor did before! An insane recipe black communities out of control decimated police hiring police fetalness get national guard on speed dial now rahm!

5/13/2016 03:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."

"Aay. >smak< Now that's a good."

5/13/2016 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloody summer coming extremely hot summer for Chicago:

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/140524360-story

Very hot hello Eddie looking like you will have to close the beaches due to extreme heat like the mayor did before! An insane recipe black communities out of control decimated police hiring police fetalness get national guard on speed dial now rahm!

5/13/2016 03:04:00 PM

Not only beaches but close all pools also due to the heat! Wonder how the lake front will fare this summer as the "redline" thugs come down to inflict the mayhem? Overtime will skyrocket, the starbucks sales via officers buying coffee and staying fetal will record huge profits!

5/14/2016 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Bloody summer coming extremely hot summer for Chicago:

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/140524360-story

Very hot hello Eddie looking like you will have to close the beaches due to extreme heat like the mayor did before! An insane recipe black communities out of control decimated police hiring police fetalness get national guard on speed dial now rahm!

5/13/2016 03:04:00 PM

Bill O'Reilly said that the Chicago Police department was racist last night during his show. What an asshat. He also complained that the National Guard should have been called out to Chicago crime ridden neighborhoods long ago. Trouble is, if Rauner activated the National Guard, they would go in with no ammunition and would be unable to defend themselves. Remember, it's all smoke and mirrors.

5/14/2016 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of mirrors, no doubt, but what is the spineless Rahmen Noodle man smoking?

5/16/2016 08:47:00 AM  

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