Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Chicago Police Video--Another View

After watching that frightening and sad video of a lady bartender being badly beaten by an off duty cop, I have another that more accurately reflects just who are the men and women of the Chicago Police Department. You will see some early 1970s and before rare images of Chicago policewomen at work.


Anonymous said...

Excellent video Paul. Especially in light of the disturbing video airing throughout the country now.

Anonymous said...

Hi Paul,
Nice montage. Although Abbate deserves a fair trial free of public speculation (like anyone accused of a violent crime) it is difficult to think of any mitigating circumstances that would justify his pummeling of a woman less than half his weight, unless it is the psychological pressure of a job that also has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. I hope he gets the help he needs.

Fortunately Abbate is not the face of the Chicago PD, or of law enforcement in general. The only thing that separates this story from similar stories that occur every day (besides the voyeuristic tendency to sensationalize anything caught on tape) is the fact that the public holds officials in law enforcement to a higher standard. Abbate's behavior is a rare exception to the vast majority of officers who do their jobs well without making the headlines.

Anonymous said...

Nice video. As Paul says, it does include a lot of scenes from an era long past.

Is Abbate a rarity? Guess it depends on how frequently a rarity can occur. While his attack was not typical, I don't think it should be characterized as rare, either. Paul, thanks for covering it.

Anonymous said...

March 24th, I have to say, Abbate is a rarity, thank God. Bless the CPD and all of it's heroic officers that take care of businees 24/7-365!