A dashboard camera has opened up a can of worms for Chicago Police Officer Joe Parker. He recently arrested a man on suspicion of DUI stating in his report that the man, Raymond Bell failed the field sobriety test. The Officer’s camera tells a different story and has many questioning his DUI track record.
Officer Parker is one of a few officers who have received kudos for having the highest DUI arrest rates in the area. Now, however, many of those arrests are under review as people wonder how many of them were trumped up by an officer seeking praise.
The report of the evening in question had several discrepancies with the events that played out on camera. Officer Parker fabricated the speed at which the defendant was traveling, stating he was going close to 80 when the actual speed was 40 mph. He also mentioned that Bell staggered and stumbled his way through a field sobriety test, when the camera showed a man who was balanced and composed.
A similar case involving another officer has led to the dismissal of 156 DUI cases, a waste of taxpayer money and a huge inconvenience for those who were falsely arrested.
This article from the police website Officer.com details that accolades isn’t the only reason a police officer would want to trump up charges like this. Overtime is available for attending court dates and the officers could have been chasing that extra money. Whatever the motive, the result is particularly disturbing.
Being accused of DUI is frightening and I cannot imagine how it must feel to be accused of a crime you didn’t commit. Even when you make a mistake and find yourself facing charges for an offense you did commit it can be extremely stressful.
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