Not to be outdone by the Chicago police officer charged with falsifying arrest records to boost his DUI arrest numbers while earning extra overtime pay, Chicago officer Richard Fiorito is under fire for allegedly targeting gay and lesbian motorists (NBC Chicago).
Like John Haleas, referenced above, Fiorito was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his impressive-but-tainted 313 DUI arrests between Jan. 1, 2007 and June 6, 2008. The case against Haleas was dropped after the prosecution against him fell apart due to procedural errors.
Fiorito, however, is looking down the barrel of 37 lawsuits alleging he targeted gay and lesbian motorists and issued false DUI arrests. The suit claims he waited outside of gay and lesbian bars, followed patrons as they left, and then apprehended them on falsified evidence.
The following video footage from Officer Fiorito's Dash Cam shows a car uneventfully navigating the streets of Chicago. But Fiorito's report tells a different story, that the motorist was "swerving from lane to lane" and "narrowly missing parked cars." What do you think? Was this person three sheets to the wind or simply driving while gay?
Criminal charges have not been filed against Fiorito but he is now under investigation by the State's Attorney's Office. He's not currently on the streets and remains on desk duty during the investigation but denies the charges. Furthermore, according to the NBC Chicago article, he said he would assert his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination if called to testify.