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Men accused of fighting police officers outside Division Street bar

First the two men were denied entrance to a Division Street bar early Wednesday, then the pair started screaming "F--- the police" before punching two Chicago cops. 

That's according to Chicago Police and Cook County prosecutors who say the mess unfolded about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Martin Carro, 20, of the 3400 block of North Ridgeway Avenue, was trying to enter Primary Nightclub, at Division and State streets, using an ID that did not belong to him, authorities said. A bouncer at the club wouldn't allow Carro into the bar and his friend, Jesse Garcia, 23, of the 4900 block of West Nelson Street, wasn't allowed in either, according to prosecutors, who described the pair as drunk.  

Carro began yelling obscenities at the bar bouncer, who tried to make him leave the bar’s entry way and return to the street, authorities said. That's when Carro turned his attention to two police officers, who were working on a Rush Street detail and began saying “F--- the police,” according to court records.

Garcia also began shouting at the officers, authorities said. Both men put their fists up while facing the police officers, according to court records.

That's when things turned violent.

Carro threw two punches at one of the officers, but missed, according to the police report. Then Carro grabbed one officer’s vest, punched the officer in the head and pulled him into the street, where the two fell to the ground, police said. A bar bouncer tumbled to the ground, too, as he tried to help the police officer, authorities said. Garcia attempted to intervene and punched a second police officer in the head, prosecutors said. The officer then punched Garcia in the chin and arrested him, according to police.

Both men were charged with felony aggravated battery to a police officer, and several misdemeanor offenses, including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. Carro was also charged with using an identification card that had not been issued to him.

Carro and Garcia made their first court appearances Thursday afternoon. Judge Laura Sullivan set Carro’s bond at $20,000 and Garcia’s at $10,000. Neither man has a criminal record, according to court records.

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