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Cop charged with battery after man, 89, suffers broken hip

Updated: January 25, 2014 6:25AM

A Chicago police officer accused of pushing down an 89-year-old man in an altercation at an Oak Lawn gas station — resulting in the man breaking his hip — has been charged with aggravated battery and was reassigned to an administrative position, a Chicago police spokesman said Monday.

David Barrett has been a Chicago police officer for 20 years, News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

Barrett is charged with shoving the Oak Lawn man to the floor of the Shell gas station, 10601 S. Cicero Ave., during an argument shortly before 2 p.m. Dec. 12, Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann said Monday.

A gas pump apparently was not working properly, which angered Barrett enough that he walked into the station and began yelling to employees that he wanted his money back, a news release from Oak Lawn police said.

That’s when the 89-year-old man, standing in line to buy lottery tickets, told Barrett to “calm down.”

Those two words evidently angered Barrett even more and he shoved the man, causing him to fall to the floor, breaking his right hip and injuring the rotator cuff in his right shoulder, police said.

Barrett then drove away eastbound on 106th Street in a blue Dodge minivan, witnesses told police. But a witness got the license plate number and gave it to Oak Lawn police.

Police interviewed the victim at Christ Medical Center, where he was taken for treatment.

Barrett was identified in a police lineup and was charged Saturday, Kaufmann said.

Two witnesses huddled around the older man after he fell to the floor, hoping to protect him from further injury, the police report said.

A phone call to the injured man’s daughter, who lives in Hickory Hills, was not returned Monday.

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