- A veteran Chicago police sergeant mired in personal debt was arrested Monday on a charge that he attempted to extort a West Side liquor store employee by offering to look up police reports, license plates and other information in exchange for cash.
"You gotta get amnesia, you know, forget about it," Ray M. Ramirez, 49, a Monroe District patrol sergeant, was quoted by the FBI as saying in a conversation captured on audio and video recordings shortly after he allegedly pocketed one $200 payoff last month.
Ramirez, who has been with the department since 1986, was charged in a 20-page criminal complaint with attempted extortion. He appeared in court dressed in an athletic T-shirt and sweatpants and was freed on a signature bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez.
Ramirez's court-appointed attorney, Michael Leonard, noted after the brief court hearing that the main witness had been paid more than $22,000 as an FBI informant in the past five years. The complaint stated that the worker had cooperated not just for the financial reasons but also in part because of his "patriotism."
"I think it's a bunch of malarkey," Leonard said. "(Ramirez) has been nothing but a good officer for over 20 years."
Malarkey? Actually, it's the lawyer spouting bullshit. Ramirez has had a bad rep on this site for years, asking fellow officers and supervisors for "loans" that he never repaid and probably never had any intention of repaying. There were case reports generated and Complaint Register numbers obtained.
In any event, another black eye for the Department