- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police officer who had been arrested by his own department four times and suspended several times has been fired.

The Chicago Sun-Times (https://bit.ly/1iXOQti ) reports that the Chicago Police Review Board voted 8-0 last week to dismiss Richard A. Rizzo after two hearings in which Rizzo didn’t attend or mount any kind of defense.

The 46-year-old Rizzo has a long history of disciplinary problems and has been arrested on charges of battery, child endangerment and aggravated assault. He was never convicted but was suspended for between one and 30 days.

The incident that ended his career occurred in 2012 when Rizzo’s girlfriend threw his handgun into the street during an argument. The board said that incident and his disciplinary and arrest records figured in the decision to fire him.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, https://chicago.suntimes.com/

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