Steve was arrested by the Alsip Police Department and was charged with a Battery to a Police Officer. The case went to trial where four witnesses, including Steve, testified.
The State first called the Officer who testified that he saw Steve and his daughter arguing outside of a bar in Alsip. The officer testified that when he went up to Steve to separate him and his daughter, Steve turned around and pushed him in the chest with two hands.
Following cross examination of the officer, we called two witnesses who both testified that Steve was grabbed from behind by the officer and Steve, who had not yet turned around, reacted by shrugging the Officer off of him. Lastly, Steve testified corroborating the other two witnesses.
At the end of the trial, we argued that the State could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this was a “knowing” battery to the Police Officer.
The Court agreed, and found Steve not guilty of Battery.