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This article was published 16/7/2008 (3145 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
This morning, former Branigan's server Chelsea O'Halloran
testified. She single-handedly served the 20+ cops from Division 13 who came into party at Branigans late on February 24, 2005, a group that included Derek Harvey-Zenk
, the officer who eight hours later would drive his truck into the back of Crystal Taman's
car, killing her.What is amazing about the now 24-year-old O'Halloran is how clearly and concisely she answered questions. She very precisely described how drunk the cops were that night, and how some of them acted rudely toward her. And how they talked about leaving Branigan's and going off to an after party. She also admitted she deliberately left out many of these details when she gave a statement to Winnipeg police two weeks after the accident. She said she had been encouraged by her boss at the restaurant - a good friend of some of the cops - to "play dumb" to spare the restaurant and the cops any trouble. She came forward after guilt and the Taman family's suffering prompted her to tell the truth.Her performance stands in stark contrast to the bumbling, memory-challenged performance of former East St. Paul Police Chief Harry Bakema
, who seemed at times that he wouldn't be able to remember his own name.The constrast in styles of testimony is certainly speaking volumes to those of us observing the proceedings.-30-