UPDATE: Chicago officer reprimanded for false DUI arrests
Chicago police officer Richard Fiorito has officially been placed on administrative desk duty while the department investigates his allegedly false DUI arrests.
The investigation was reported on this website last week. At the time, Fiorito was still on the job making DUI arrests. Video footage had been released of the officer harshly questioning suspects. Further, the videos showed people apparently passing field sobriety tests even though Fiorito reported them as failures to the department.
Federal civil lawsuits have already been filed against the officer on the behalf of over 20 plaintiffs. Allegedly, Fiorito used the DUI arrests as a source of overtime pay when he was asked to appear in court to testify about the cases. The case also alleges Fiorito chose to target gay or disabled persons. Fiorito also received local honors from his high number of DUI arrests.
Neither Fiorito or his attorney have issued a public comment about the administrative duty. Fiorito has not been criminally charged in connection with the arrests. However, the internal investigation will independently consider whether Fiorito violated the ethics of his position. If the investigation determines he has, Fiorito will be subject to further disciplinary action or even removal from his position.