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Brian P. Gainer Secures Verdict in Favor of Chicago Police Sergeant on False Arrest Charges

December 5, 2011

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Brian P. Gainer, received a favorable defense verdict for his client, who was charged with false arrest and malicious prosecution.  The plaintiff claimed that the defendant, a Chicago Police Sergeant, fabricated the story of her arrest for Obstructing a Peace Officer and Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer.  Her testimony at trial focused on the fact that she was simply requesting information from the Sergeant and other officers when they arrested her for no reason.  The defendant testified that while the officers were conducting a routine traffic stop, the plaintiff became irate and verbally abused the officers while they were arresting her companion for traffic violations.  The defendant further testified that the plaintiff attempted to spit in his face once she was taken into custody on the Obstructing charge, and this was why she was charged with Aggravated Assault.  In the end, the jury found in favor of the defendant after slightly more than an hour of deliberations.

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