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Senior Chicago cop denies covering up Abbate bar beating

BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter [email protected] October 30, 2012 2:28PM
Updated: October 31, 2012 8:59AM

She’s one of Chicago’s top cops — so highly rated that she was one of three finalists to replace former Supt. Jody Weis.

But Debra Kirby’s account of her actions in the aftermath of disgraced officer Anthony Abbate’s notorious videotaped attack on a bartender was directly contradicted in sworn testimony Tuesday in federal court by another officer and an assistant Cook County State’s attorney.

Lawyers for the beaten bartender, Karolina Obrycka, hope the three wildly differing accounts from Kirby, Sgt. Joseph Stehlik and prosecutor Tom Bilyk about a phone call Kirby testified she made three days after the attack will convince a jury that Kirby is a liar who tried to hush up Abbate’s attack.

Senior Chicago cop denies covering up Abbate bar beating