Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Do I need to mention that the man is a cop? An off-duty cop gets drunk and beats three people in a span of 6 hours, including a female bartender who refused to serve him any more drinks, and all he gets is probation.

A Chicago police officer avoided jail time today for pummeling a woman who was tending bar, even though prosecutors produced a previously unseen video showing him beating someone else at the bar hours earlier.

Anthony Abbate was sentenced to two years probation for beating Karolina Obrycka in February of 2007. He could have gotten up to five years for the attack, which was captured by the bar’s security camera and shown around the world….

In arguing for prison time, prosecutors produced a previously unseen video from the bar hours before Obrycka was attacked showing Abbate beating someone else.

In the video, a man in the bar can be seen speaking with Abbate for a few seconds, after which Abbate grabs the man, slams him against a wall and then throws him across the room. The man crashes to the floor and into the bar stools, and Abbate stands over him as the man tries to shimmy away on his back.

Assistant State’s Atty. LuAnn Snow said the attack was one of three unprovoked assaults in the span of 6 hours, a violent window into “a day in the life of Anthony Abbate.” Authorities did not charge Abbate with the other two alleged attacks.

All part of that “new professionalism” Scalia seems so fond of.