Northwest Side Man Faces More Serious Charges After City Hall Incident

CHICAGO (STMW) — More serious charges have been lodged against a man who allegedly yelled a profanity targeting Mayor Richard M. Daley as he was leaving City Hall for the last time Friday, May 13, police said.

A Chicago Police officer was “grazed” by a CTA bus while chasing the suspect in the Loop that afternoon.

Janusz Kopycinski, 30, of 6569 W. Wellington Ave., has been charged with felony aggravated battery to a police officer, according to police.

He was initially charged with three misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of reckless conduct, but the misdemeanors charges were dismissed by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and were upgraded Saturday to the felony. police said.

Kopycinski was arrested on Friday at 3150 W. Flournoy St. after a court appearance and he is expected to appear in court Sunday.

On May, 13 about 4:45 p.m. in the 100 block of North LaSalle Street, 30-year-old Kopycinski allegedly yelled “f – – – the mayor,’’ and was also spitting at people, police said.

He tried to run away and officers gave chase. As police were in the process of “grabbing’’ him, one male officer was struck and “grazed” by a CTA bus that was northbound on LaSalle Street,according to police.

That officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries and Kopycinski was taken into custody at 5:02 p.m.

Kopycinski was also arrested in 2007 for battery to police.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • ChicagoCitizen

    This is good news. This low life defiant piece of garbage will get what he deserves. I thought they were far too easy on him before these charges.

    • Zastava

      What a waste of a human life you are.

    • Bill

      Are you talking about mumbles???I have been unaware of any corruption ever in my administration!

  • Zastava

    I’m surprised that the chitcago police can actually nab some guy that yells obscenities and spits at people, ever been to a baseball game moron ??

    • ChicagoCitizen

      Anyone who shows such disrespect for the police, the public, and anyone else, is not a decent member of society. This low life should do some prison time. How can you possibly condone his behavior and even worse, defend him? What is the matter with you?

      • Bill

        How could you condone any of Daley’s behavior??Maybe because you couldn’t see it????

      • TrumpedUp

        There is such a thing as the first amendment, and yelling ____ the mayor is hardly what I would call a threat. At most this should have been a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for the spitting and maybe resisting arrest, maybe there is a public profanity citation. Charging him with felony aggravated battery because the cop wasn’t looking where he was going is a stretch.

        Anita Alvarez’ office is all to often in the business of reducing charges for serious crime, while jumping at the chance to violate the bill of rights.

        This isn’t about condoning the behavior or defending his actions, it is about enforcing the law the way it is intended.

        If this idiot had said ____ the Pilsbury Doughboy instead of ____ the mayor, do you think these charges would have been upgraded? I think not!

      • Mr. Justice

        I agree with TrumpedUP….. The first amendment does guarantee us the right to free speech. I think the man was rude, but to be arrested and charged with a felony is wrong. I am not a fan of the ACLU, but maybe they will get involved on the freedom of speech aspect. Perhaps if more people had stood up and spoken out against Mayor Daley 15 years ago, the City of Chicago would not be in the mess it is in today. The puking liberals and Daley are to blame.

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  • ChicagoCitizen

    Running from the police is the main crime here. An officer was injured trying to catch him, that is a felony. All of you Daley haters are not looking at this the right way. He is in this because of his defiance of the police, not a single comment.

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