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Lawsuit alleges code of silence emboldened Chicago cop involved in beating to feel 'untouchable'

CHICAGO - A Chicago police sergeant who allegedly beat two men outside a popular nightclub in the Andersonville neighborhood last year was emboldened by a code of silence within the Police Department that allowed him to remain on the force despite a troubled history, a lawsuit alleged.

The suit, amended this week in Cook County Circuit Court, claimed that then-Sgt. Eric Elkins thought he was "above the law" on the night he attacked John Sherwood and Thomas Stacha after an altercation at the @mosphere club in the 5300

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