Hero to Zero
Posted on November 4, 2015
After a couple of days, that whole “hero cop gunned down by three thugs” meme started to smell funny.
“Upending the portrayal of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz as a hero cop tragically gunned down in the line of duty just before his planned retirement, authorities on Wednesday said the Fox Lake officer died in a suicide he staged as it became clear he could face consequences for years of criminal behavior.
At a news conference, Lake County Major Crime Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko said Gliniewicz, 52, shot himself in a “carefully staged suicide” designed to look like a murder after he had engaged in “extensive criminal acts.”
Gliniewicz ran the village’s Explorers program, which gave youths interested in policing exposure to the field, and he had been stealing and laundering money for years, Filenko said. Gliniewicz stole a dollar amount in the five figures and used the money for personal expenses, including mortgage payments, travel and adult websites, Filenko said.”
What a hero. How much taxpayer money was spent looking for ghosts? How many people had their rights violated by the massive police response that included roadblocks and door to door searches? (The type of response every individual would receive if they
were murdered .)
UPDATE 3: It just doesn’t stop with this guy: Officials probe whether Fox Lake cop, son staged sham marriage