With the Ferguson and “I Can’t Breathe” movement in full swing, it doesn’t seem like a police officer can slip under the radar for misconduct. With so many incidents where police have wronged innocent people in the past months, people are more aware and in tune with police misconduct now more than ever. One of the latest of these incidents is the sexual misconduct of Fernando Rodriguez of the Cook County sheriff’s officer in Chicago. He is has been charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated unlawful restraint and official misconduct for his actions.
In the wee hours of New Year’s Eve, Rodriguez was spotted by Chicago police officers in an orange Dodge Charger which was double parked. When the officers questioned him, he showed his badge saying, “It’s ok guys, I’m on the job.” He had a 37-year-old woman in the car with him who is a known prostitute. She exited the vehicle and told the officers that Rodriguez invited her into the car, showed her his holstered pistol and “implied a sexual act.” Rodriguez was arrested on the spot for misconduct. The police report states that Rodriguez told the woman, “Take care of me the right way and I’ll let you walk,” and when the officers arrived, Rodriguez “grabbed her left arm and stated: ‘Be cool.’”
According to reports, Rodriguez was a deputy sheriff in the Civil Process unit, but was not on duty at the time of his arrest. He has been de-deputized and is currently under investigation for his misconduct. All of the charges against Rodriguez are felonies.