On August 20, 2012, the City of Chicago, IL was finally able to settle the last of a long list of cases that were brought against one of its own. Former Chicago Police Officer Richard Fiorito had been accused of falsely arresting over 130 individuals for the charge of Driving Under the Influence, over a number of years beginning in 2003.
A Federal Court Judge awarded two such individuals $100,000.00 as well as paying for all attorney’s fees in both cases totaling $250,000.00. Even though there has been a resolution and monetary award to the plaintiffs in most of these matters, the City of Chicago Prosecutors Office did not seek to charge Fiorito 2010 for any crimes, as they still maintain that there was no wrongdoing on the part of Officer Fiorito. He has since resigned his position with the Police Department.
The important thing here is that if you ever are pulled over and accused of or charge with something you feel is not accurate, do not just sit back and let it go. You need to always be aware of your rights and of the laws.