Daily Archives: February 27, 2009
In my previous post, I mentioned the growing phenomenon of the DUI "SuperCop" – officers who get MADD awards and departmental promotions from racking up the highest numbers of drunk driving arrests. See More DUI "Super Cops"…and More Innocent Victims. The accompanying news story was about two Chicago cops who had gotten caught framing innocent citizens to accomplish "SuperCop" status. Now there’s a third, but this one manufactured evidence for the overtime pay…
Third Cop Accused of Trumping Up DUI Charges
Chicago, IL. Feb. 27 – Two Chicago men on Wednesday filed lawsuits against the city and a police officer they said trumped up DUI charges against them.
The separate federal suits allege that Town Hall District Officer Richard Fiorito violated the civil rights of James Dean Jr. and Shawn Rauch, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The men’s attorneys accuse Fiorito of manufacturing fake DUI and other traffic charges against motorists in a scheme to garner the extra overtime pay that comes with making court appearances on cases.
DUI defense attorneys have been aware of this dirty little secret for a long time. Those who are righteously arrested for drunk driving tend to end up pleading guilty. But those who are innocent want to fight the charges in court — requiring the arresting officer to make long court appearances to testify….and rack up time-and-a-half pay, often in the tens of thousands of dollars per year.
It’s far more lucrative to arrest innocent citizens than guilty ones.