NATION IN BRIEF
Chicago Police Officers Accused of Assault in Bar
CHICAGO-- Authorities are investigating allegations that six off-duty Chicago police officers were captured on video assaulting four men in a bar, the second report of police involved in an assault to surface in a week.
Adam Mastrucci, Scott Lowrance and brothers Aaron and Barry Gilfand were playing pool at the Jefferson Tap and Grille on Dec. 15 when the officers attacked them, said their attorney, Steven Fine.
Patrol officers responded to a 911 call but left after speaking to one off-duty officer, Fine said. One of the four men required reconstructive surgery for a broken nose, and another had broken ribs, Fine said.
Lawyers did not say what may have prompted the alleged incident.
Police and the Cook County state's attorney's office are looking into the allegation, said police spokeswoman Monique Bond, who declined to discuss details. No charges have been filed in the case, a department spokesman said Sunday.
The latest claims come after accusations that an off-duty police officer beat a female bartender who reportedly refused to serve him drinks. A bar surveillance camera recorded that incident, officials said.
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