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“Hero” Cop Targeted Gays, Falsely Arrested 130 People to Make Extra Cash — Avoids All Charges

Cook County, IL – A corrupt cop by the name of Richard Fiorito has avoided charges after falsely arresting over 130 people for drunk driving. A recent investigation has uncovered that Fiorito was protected by state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, who is notorious for letting police off the hook. During that investigation, some old cases of Fiorito’s had shown vast corruption.

For six years, Fiorito was running a scheme in which he falsely arrested people on DUI charges so he could get overtime pay for the resulting court appearance.

In most of the cases, Fiorito would stop drivers on suspicion of driving drunk and would give them a field sobriety test, and he would fail them whether they passed or not, in many cases lying about his encounters with the victims and making up details about their behavior.

It was also suggested by some of the victims that Fiorito unfairly targetted the LGBT community, and would hunt for victims in a part of town where gay people often spent their time. Some victims reported that he used homophobic slurs while he was arresting them.

“He intends to be dual motivated,” attorney Jon Erickson said after the first dashcam surfaced.  “One, for the money, and two, to target gays and lesbians.”

For years, Fiorito would arrest at least one person each day for drunk driving on average and was called a hero by both Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.

Eventually, Fiorito slipped up and dash camera footage was able to prove that he lied about at least one of his DUI arrests. However, he was not fired for the offense but was just reassigned to desk duty. After further investigation, the attorney’s office was forced to drop charges against more than 130 people who were arrested for drunk driving.

After the full scope of his corruption was revealed, Fiorito resigned, but state’s attorney Anita Alvarez never pressed charges against him, despite claiming that her office was investigating the officer for over a year. Sadly, Fiorito has found himself in the 96 percent of cops, who have committed a crime, even on video, and will not be prosecuted.

Alvarez will soon be up for re-election, and many of the victims in this case are hoping that she loses.

One victim, James Dean, told reporters, “Anita Alvarez, she’s part of the system. She certainly proved to me that she’s not on the right side of the law. If she gets re-elected, then we’re just in for more of the same corruption.”

“I’m hoping that Foxx gets elected, because she understands how the system has been used against particularly people of color. Hopefully, she can be a catalyst for change,” he added, speaking of the candidate competing with Alvarez in the election.

Sadly, there are officers just like Fiorito in every police department across the country, officers who are willing to put innocent people in jail so they can get a fatter paycheck.


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  • Cam Alft

    this guy is sober,this cop is making it so they fail,wow,what a criminal this cop is,and to think how many lives this cop has ruined on purpose,for his own gain.yep,all cops are corrupted………

    • Jk

      I live near Chicago and this same thing happened to me by another Chicago cop. The cop that lied about me was also charged and convicted for falsifying reports in 2007.

      • Cam Alft

        sorry to hear that……but i am glad that corrupt cop is done.

  • Corey Mondello

    I’m not a cop hater, but I avoid them at all costs. I know how easy it is the wrongfully get accused of something. The first line in the event of the justice system is usually police and detectives. The detective helping the woman that wrongfully accused me of something, flat out lied, was giving her and her husband rides in his city car, which is a no no, and he is one of those I have to see whenever I go to vote, he checks names. He seems to be one of those who wants to make money. Needless to say, I never went to jail, but ended up pay $30,000, yes thirty grand, for lawyers to be defended, and still took a CWAF, because I realized an old lady and handicapped old husband, would look more believable, than me, in my early 40s, and three blonde professional females in their 30s, as my witnesses. Perception is everything. So kids, avoid them at all costs. Also, I had an argument with a cop last year, I called about work truck on my street, he went and talked to all the guys working, then me, I was upset and saying how much I hated living here….nothing towards anyone, and nothing threatening, and he told me to be inside. I was sitting on my steps, I said no. His face turned beat red and told me again, and I said, no, I have rights, then he walked away, and I over heard him saying something along the lines that he was going to look into me, see if there was anything he could get me on. He obviously decided that because I told him no, I deserve to be bullied, harassed possible, and maybe even wrongfully charged with somethings. Nothing happened, so far. But I don’t doubt that cop went and spent time digging up my file, to see if I was a trouble maker with a history of disturbing the peace of something. Then I realized, he could read about the CWAF I took. All this should be illegal, it is a waste of tax payers money, and cops shouldn’t want to get revenge to show others who the boss is. Everyone in a while, I hear a cop car with their lights flashing and noises blaring, and I start to get anxiety that I am going to get dragged in to the police station, for no reason other than some cop has a aggressive abusive ego.

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