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Chicago cop convicted of injuring 89-year-old man

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A veteran Chicago cop has been convicted of aggravated battery for shoving an elderly gas station customer to the ground, leaving the 89-year-old man with a broken hip.

David Barrett became upset on Dec. 12, 2013, when a pump began malfunctioning at a Shell station near 105th Street and Cicero in Oak Lawn, and went inside to complain, according to prosecutors.

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

On Wednesday, following a three-day trial, a Cook County jury convicted Barrett of two counts of aggravated battery, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

The victim broke his right hip in the fall and required surgery, prosecutors said. He also tore his right rotator cuff as a result of the tumble.

Barrett’s attorney Stuart Goldberg told the judge at his bond hearing that his client has been a Chicago Police officer for 31 years, and also served in the Illinois National Guard for six years.

He 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 was assigned to the First Deputy Superintendent’s office at the time of his arrest.

He has since been relieved of his police powers, a Chicago police spokesman said Monday afternoon.

He has been free on a $10,000 bond, and Judge Colleen Ann Hyland set sentencing for July 30 in Bridgeview, Simonton said. Barrett faces up to seven years in prison.

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