Thursday, August 21, 2008

Why Can't They Win This Case?

Bar Video Sheds New Light On Fatal Police-Involved Crash - News Story - WMAQ | Chicago The charges against this off-duty cop were dropped at the time. He was on the wrong side of the road and killed 2 people.

Video from the bar he was in came to light, but the DA isn't going to reopen the case.
The officer who got away without criminal charges is seen on tape drinking "shot after shot after shot," Vatis said, then taking a beer to go. The Chicago Tribune reported that [the cop] was seen on the tape downing three beers and four shots in a little more than two hours.
Last time I checked, taking a beer
"to go" is illegal in Illinois, even if you are walking.
"I can't imagine that, if somebody is on the wrong side of the road, speeding, and he kills two guys -- and now they know exactly where he was drinking and have it on tape -- if you can't win that case, I'm not sure which case you can win," [attorney Daniel] O'Connor [who is now taking the case to civil court] said.
They can't win a criminal case against a cop. Or maybe they just don't want to.

Three beers and four shots in two hours would leave most people over the legal drinking limit. I guess don't have to live by the same rules as everyone else.

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