This image from video released by FOX News Chicago shows off-duty Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate, center, beating a female bartender, on floor, at a Chicago bar.
Anthony Abbate was convicted of aggravated battery in 2009.
Associated Press file photo
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The potentially landmark civil trial that confronts the sensitive question head-on of whether there's a code of silence and protection ingrained in Chicago's police department was turned over to the jury Wednesday. The case stems from the conviction of off-duty officer Anthony Abbate's notorious 2007 beating of a female bartender half his size.