By Associated Press

Plaintiffs say Fiorito falsified DUI and charges and other traffic violations against them

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer has been targeted by seven lawsuits alleging he made false driving under the influence arrests, used excessive force and harassed gays and lesbians.

Four people on Thursday, April 2 filed their lawsuits against Richard Fiorito in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Three other people filed lawsuits in February.

Fiorito is accused by all the plaintiffs of violating their civil rights by falsifying DUI charges and other traffic violations against them.

In some of the lawsuits, the plaintiffs have also said excessive force was used against them.

Fiorito could not be reached for comment. Chicago Law Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyle says the city is reviewing the cases and could not comment on the allegations.

Last year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Fiorito for making 313 DUI arrests between Jan. 1, 2007, and June 6, 2008.

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