The Cook County States Attorney's Office has decided not to file criminal charges against Chicago police officer Richard Fiorito. We first reported about Officer Fiorito in a post published on October 6, 2009. Officer Fiorito is the subject of several federal lawsuits claiming he made up evidence that motorists he was arresting were driving under the influence of alcohol. Our post of October 6, 2009 detailed how a video of an arrest made by Fiorito showed that the driver was not intoxicated and that Fiorito had falsely arrested the motorist. On Tuesday the Cook County State's Attorney decided not to file any criminal charges against Fiorito claiming that they did not have sufficient evidence to convict him of any crimes. On November 17, 2009 we published another post about Officer Fiorito. In that post we gave credit to the Cook County State's Attorney, Anita Alvarez, for doing the right thing and dismissing DUI charges against many motorists who had been arrested by Fiorito. It is hard to understand how the same State's Attorney who decided to drop DUI charges against motorists arrested by Fiorito determined that there was insufficient evidence to charge him with any crimes. Some things just don't make sense.
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