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Anti-Gay Cop Busted by Dash Cam?

Richard Fiorito accused of trumping up DUI charges, targeting gays, lesbians


Twenty-one people were roughed up and called anti-gay slurs by a Chicago police officer who trumped up bogus charges against lesbian and gay motorists, says the Gay Liberation Network -- and video released Tuesday appears to dispute the officer's report of a June arrest.

Officer Richard Fiorito has 21 federal suits filed against him, with 10-20 more expected within weeks, according to a release from Erickson & Oppenheimer, the firm representing the plaintiffs.

Attorneys accuse Fiorito of making the false arrests for the last six years in a scheme to earn extra overtime pay. 


"He intends to be dual motivated," said attorney Jon Erickson during a Tuesday morning press conference.  "One, for the money, and two, to target gays and lesbians."

Fiorito continues to work as an officer, make arrests and testify under oath, all while being investigated by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the Independent Police Review Authority, Erickson said.

In dash cam video from Fiorito's squad car, he is shown conducting field sobriety tests against a driver, Michael Vaughn. 

In each of the tests, Vaughn performed "perfectly," Erickson said, yet Fiorito noted in the official report that Vaughn had failed them. 

The recording was made June 21, 2009, months after the 21 federal suits had already been filed and after the accusations against Fiorito were well-known by the police department.

In a case filed in February, a man named Shawn Rauch said he was "manhandled" by Fiorito and called anti-gay names, the Chicago Tribune reported. Rauch was charged with DUI, his lawyer said, but Fiorito never performed field-sobriety tests, nor did he conduct a breathalyzer test.

Fiorito has been honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the 313 DUI arrests he made between Jan. 1, 2007 and June 6, 2008.

He said that if he's called to testify in these cases, he will assert his 5th Amendment rights.

Fiorito is the third Chicago cop accused of trumping up DUI charges. Last year, prosecutors dropped more than 50 cases after accusing Chicago officer John Haleas of perjury. Earlier this year, dozens of DUI arrests by officer Joe Parker came under scrutiny.


leelakin 6th-Oct-2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
LOL @ "DONUTS" in small font at the bottom XD

But yeah, fuck him. D8 I hope they sue the everloving shit out of him.
bent_ley 6th-Oct-2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
whatever happened with the kidnapping case in utah i think???

jk i remembered that magical device called google. im glad he got off!

Edited at 2009-10-06 10:33 pm (UTC)
popehippo 6th-Oct-2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
There's been a couple of recent posts. In short, the defendant won. :DD
devil_details 6th-Oct-2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
gundamtsubasa 7th-Oct-2009 01:46 am (UTC)
a young nigga got it bad 'cause I'm brown...
sophie_kaijuu 7th-Oct-2009 04:27 am (UTC)
and not the other color so the police think
they have the authority to kill a minority

/had to finish it
akuma_river 7th-Oct-2009 01:44 am (UTC)

There are good cops out there people. Trust me, I know some.
epicet 7th-Oct-2009 01:49 am (UTC)
It's probably a bad sign that I'm not surprised.

Also I enjoy that the Trib doesn't give a fuck anymore after the whole Blago thing and just keeps outing scandals left and right without worrying about who they're going to piss off 'cause they're broke as hell anyways.
snora 7th-Oct-2009 05:51 am (UTC)
A Chicago cop that's a piece of shit!? Impossible!

(Really though, they need to write more stories about decent Chicago cops. They're so few and far between that that would REALLY be news.)
snora 7th-Oct-2009 06:09 am (UTC)
(Mind, I'm not trying to belittle this story, it's just when fuckheads like this basically get off scot-free, you realize that this bullshit is just par for the course here.)
iamcheryltweedy 7th-Oct-2009 06:39 am (UTC)
How are they suggesting that he managed to target gays? Was he waiting outside of gay bars?
sunoftheskye 7th-Oct-2009 06:41 am (UTC)
That's the part I'm a bit confused about as well, though reading comments from gay blogs plenty of other gay people in Chicago say they've been pulled over by him as well. From what I can gather I think he targets highly gay populated neighborhoods?
iamcheryltweedy 7th-Oct-2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Oh, that wouldn't surprise me, yeah.
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