Cop sued over more alleged false arrests

November 12, 2009 2:39:22 PM PST
The number of people suing a Chicago police officer over allegedly false DUI arrests officially increased Thursday. Sixteen more have joined a civil lawsuit with first numbered 21 plaintiffs. Officer Richard Fiorito is also being investigated by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

His squad car was equipped with a dash cam because of the complaints against him. Some plaintiffs say they were targeted because they are gay.

"I don't feel safe going out, I wouldn't feel safe if something happened to me, if I was walking in Boystown, the fact that he's targeting gay people, harassing people and not doing his job properly," said plaintiff Lex Leaks.

The lawsuit claims Fiorito perjures himself in court after making arrests. His attorney says the accusations against the officer are false.

The state's attorney's office says Fiorito's testimony will not be used in DUI cases in the future.


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