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Man who swore at Daley facing 7 years in prison

Janusz Kopycinski/ phofrom Chicago Police

Janusz Kopycinski/ photo from Chicago Police

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A Northwest Side man who yelled a profanity at former Mayor Richard M. Daley as he left office for the last time faces up to seven years in prison after a Chicago Police officer was injured chasing him.

Janusz Kopycinski of the 6500 block of West Wellington Avenue was criminally charged after the officer was “grazed” by a CTA bus while chasing him for yelling a profanity at Daley as he left City Hall on May 13, 2011, police said.

On Wednesday, Cook County Judge Thomas Gainer Jr. convicted Kopycinski of aggravated battery and resisting arrest, both felonies, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said. He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced May 24.

Kopycinski, then 30, allegedly yelled “f--- the mayor” and was seen spitting at people about 4:45 p.m. on May 13 as people waited to greet the mayor in the 100 block of North LaSalle Street, police said.

Officers chased him and a northbound LaSalle Street CTA bus grazed one of the officers attempting to grab him, police said. The officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Kopycinski was also arrested in 2007 for battery to a police officer.

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