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Prosecutors: Chicago cop shoved elderly gas station customer

Updated: January 23, 2014 6:50AM

A veteran Chicago police officer is accused of shoving an elderly gas station customer in Oak Lawn, leaving the 89-year-old man with a broken hip, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

David Barrett allegedly got upset when a pump wouldn’t work at a Shell gas station near 105th Street and Cicero on Dec. 12 and went inside to complain.

The victim, who was in line in front of the 58-year-old off-duty officer, asked him to calm down, prosecutors said. They said Barrett reacted by pushing the senior citizen in the chest with his hands, causing him to fall.

Prosecutors said the elderly man broke his right hip and tore his right rotator cuff and needed surgery.

Barrett’s attorney Stuart Goldberg told Cook County Judge James Brown that his client has been a Chicago police officer for 31 years and served in the Illinois National Guard for six years.

The defense attorney said the arrest was overblown: “This case is not about a battery. It is about how Oak Lawn police treat a Chicago police officer.”

Barrett is currently assigned to the First Deputy Superintendent’s Office.

Brown ordered Barrett, who’s charged with two counts of aggravated battery, held on $10,000 bail.


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