Monday, May 07, 2012

Jefferson Tap police beating case begins in federal court - It wasn't a BEATING - It was a fight with some pussy yuppies! That the yuppies STARTED!


Since 2006, a drunken, videotaped brawl at the Jefferson Tap & Grille has embroiled Chicago Police officers in a legal battle. And Monday began another chapter, this one in federal court.

Four businessmen who say they were attacked by off-duty Chicago Police officers are suing the officers and the City of Chicago, saying they were beaten and the department did nothing to stop it.

Three officers cleared of the conduct by a criminal courts judge in 2009 are being sued — along with nine others.

Dramatically different versions of events were spelled out Monday for the jury. Plaintiffs’ attorney Christopher Smith meticulously walked through a videotape of the night of Dec. 15, 2006, at the Jefferson Tap & Grille, 325 N. Jefferson.

Smith went frame by frame, telling jurors that the plaintiffs, including brothers Barry and Aaron Gilfand, were out playing pool when the cops picked a fight.

“This is a good night for these guys,” Smith told jurors. “They’re just so into themselves. They’re having a good time.”

Brian Gainer, who represents several of the officers, said Officer Paul Powers was upset because his father had just died. Powers had a weapon with him but video shows another officer taking it away. He was emotional and walked over to the jukebox when one of the businessmen called him a “p----.”

In a recent court filing, Powers said he had his gun with him because “it was part of my routine.” Another officer took his gun from him because he recognized Powers was distraught over the loss of his father, who died months earlier, he said.

“These individuals were verbally and physically provoked repeatedly,” Gainer said.

In 2009, a Cook County judge cleared Sgt. Jeffery Planey and officers Powers and Gregory Barnes. In a 30-page ruling, Judge Thomas Gainer Jr. said Planey was “firm and forceful,” but was trying to keep the scuffle from escalating. The officers only engaged in “mutual combat,’’ Gainer said. It was initiated by members of the Gilfands’ group who mocked Powers for crying about his deceased father, called him a “p----” and cried out, “F - - - him, he needs to have his ass kicked,” Gainer said.

“This was not an ambush, an unprovoked attack by angry, drunken, off-duty police officers,’’ the judge ruled. “The actions . . . were in response to fighting words.”

Attorney Lori Lightfoot mockingly questioned the plaintiffs’ contention that they were innocent bystanders.

“Choir boys. Unprovoked. Unknown assailants attacked them for no reason … preying upon unsuspecting, private citizens.” she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm. She said there was one thing for jurors to remember: “They were all drunk that night.”

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

As usual, its not the act that's the problem - its the coverup. That's what gets people nailed to the wall.

Anonymous said...

"brothers Barry and Aaron"

That's all I needed to hear.

Anonymous said...

Bar fight! Arrghh

Anonymous said...

Jew boys should stay out of saloons that goyim frequent, didnt the rebbe teach them anything????

Anonymous said...

This is the result of mixing hard ass tough guy hairgels pussy motherfuckers with booze and guns. These guys were outta control and it caught up with them. These fuckers though they were untouchable with Powers dad being a former boss and the Gainer connections to this case and the Greek connections to this case. I say it's nice and refreshing to see the untouchables getting their ass handed to them. All you idiots that think you can't be touched cuz you got some juice better take note. You jagbags better have your house and all your shit in trust cuz these dudes are gonna get paid WITH YOUR CASH BITCHES. there's gonna be a lot of your past arrestees that were - shall we say - hooked up under less than honest circumstances laughing their asses off when you assholes are gonna go broke. Have fun telling the kids its public school from hear on out and no Disney World EVER. Oh yea, hotdogs and cornflakes for your meals should be easy enuf to get used to. Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Them breaking the guy's cell phone, waving off responding officers and having the owner tell bar staff not to cooperate is going to bite them in the ass. Cops are going to lose this one. Like 9:54 said... the cover up is easier to convict than the crime ever is.

UnFuckingbelievable said...

The Judge in the criminal trial was Thomas V Gainer.

Now one of the accused cops hired Brian Gainer as his attorney.

The Brian Gainer who apparently is a former Chicago cop and the son of Judge Gainer?

If the above is correct then both Judge Gainer and his son should have their oversized Irish heads examined.

Just the appearance of that stinks like skanky hooker snatch.

Don't ask how I know that smell.

Anonymous said...

This is the entitlement phenomenon in full effect. These douchbags think no one is smarter than they are, that no one will notice the names and past relationships. They are entitled to do whatever the fuck they want. Well guess what? You fags are fucked. Dumbdumb DK shoulda stayed on disability when he had the chance but the stoopid fuck somehow came to the conclusion that CPD couldn't live without his expertise. Hey D, your bro the Helenic Society merit hack swat sgt ain't gonna do shit for ya. All you fucksticks can thank the pretend Rastafarian for selling you out. Maybe he can help you get a side job to pay these yupsters what they gonna soak yo sorry asses for

Anonymous said...

Leo S saved these guys from going to prison, they are lucky he was there. If that were some unclouted coppers they would be sitting in prison like Cozzi.


I would rather pay punitive damages than rot as a former copper in the joint.

Anonymous said...

Barry and Aaron gonna get paid, but they still got their asses handed to them for being cocky pricks.

Anonymous said...

This what happens when you drink in a half a fag joint. Next time pick a real tavern, a blue color gin mill, where the loser has to buy the winner a shot and a beer and it's over and finished.

Anonymous said...

Is that part of the Terry Gainer crew, former ISP head and now Chief of the Capitol Police?

If so, super heavy politically. Aaron and Barry might lose this one bigtime!

Anonymous said...

It was a 12th District copper than dimed this whole incident out to the media btw!

Anonymous said...

Ok the fight is one thing but y cover it up if your so innocent , see this is what happens when on the streets your judge jury and executioner . Someone hurts your feelings and you beat the shit out of them . Whatever the outcome the legal fees for this mess has to insane.

Anonymous said...

it was a bar fight!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Pussy ass Jew kike Nigger lovers got they ass kicked by the po-po now they are suing..LMFAO, unreal, take your beating like a man and carry on fags.

Anonymous said...

You are an asshole

Anonymous said...

This is what you get when you hire retards and fuck ups.The political irish welfare system produces this type of behavior.Affirmative action as well.

Anonymous said...

They be fucked just like ole Dave "Skunk" Whelan was.

ANGRY PIG said...

O.T. R.I.P. former Lt. Doug Prine. He was the best in 015 back in early 80's.

Anonymous said...

Chief hillbilly walrus whale ass sucks cock..

Commander Mummmbles is proof that anal sex can cause pregnancy

Anonymous said...

You got that right. Leo S. needs to be brought in to testify on what his part in all this was. He should be writing a check or two once this is all over and done with. These clout babies finally fucked with the wrong folks and now it's time for them to pay the piper. Say guys, wasn't it fun to be stroked by the bosses and told how elite you were when you were making all those silly little dope pinched in the ghetto? Can I assume these bosses have called you all to see how things are going? Called to see if you need anything?? Called to offer advice on how to deal with the pressure because they ve "been thru this type of shit"? Called to offer you a side gig to help out some $$$$ in your pockets now that you're hemoraging cash?? Called to say they've organized a fundraiser to help offset the bills??? What's that? You got NO such calls?? Guess what?? YOU AIN'T GONNA, CHUMPS!!! Add your name to the list of bitches that got played, and played big, by some self serving undeserving assholes that will claim they never knew you. Gee whiz, wasn't it fun being the "REAL POLICE"?? I'll see you guys selling flowers and washing windshields on the expressway exits.

CHUMPS!!!!

Anonymous said...

When your out Drinking,Dont tell anybody you are the Poice, If you do you are an IDIOT.

Anonymous said...

Leo was never there so stop trying to put him somewhere he wasn't. He had nothing to do with this.

Anonymous said...

Looks like there will be some openings in 012 on midnights.

I Voted For Obama said...

Can't blame Obama for this one. At the time, he was a U.S. Senator voting PRESENT and running for President full- time.

Anonymous said...

Fuck them all especially the lazy good for nothing lying pieces of shit that work midnights in 012 and the whore Woosely who looks like a 6 foot tall drag queen I hope they all lose their jobs and go broke fuck their clout

Anonymous said...

Leo S " saved" them? Have to be joking-- he was busy saving himself during this incident.

I Voted For Obama said...

Barry and Aaron voted for Obama, then called him a pussy.

Anonymous said...

Fuck these clowns. And the cop got HIS bitch ass handed to him as well. NOW YOU MOTHER FUCKERS PAY FOR LYING AND TRYING TO COVER UP SHIT.

Paybacks a bitch aint it cocksuckers.

Anonymous said...

When your out Drinking,Dont tell anybody you are the Poice, If you do you are an IDIOT.

May 8, 2012 10:42 AM

You gotta tell the bar whores your the police, its easier to get your cock sucked then...hahaha

Jack Walsh said...

What is a Yuppie?

Anonymous said...

^hahahahaha

I Voted For Obama said...

Leo S. voted for Obama.