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Lawsuit Filed Against Fox Lake Officer's Estate

November 13, 2015  | 

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz
Lt. Joe Gliniewicz

A man who says he was "singled out" by police immediately following the September death of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz has filed a lawsuit against the officer's estate and the Village of Fox Lake, Illinois, his lawyer said in a statement Friday, reports CNN.

In the federal lawsuit, Vernon Randolph III claims Gliniewicz harassed and intimidated him for almost a year before the officer's death. Afterward, the lawsuit says, Randolph "lived in fear that he was going to be falsely accused of murder."

Randolph's attorney, Kevin O'Connor, says the Village of Fox Lake is also a defendant in the lawsuit "for their knowingly providing a culture which allowed for this type of abuse."

"It caused such distress that it caused Vernon to be hospitalized," O'Connor said.

Gliniewicz, a Fox Lake police officer, was found dead September 1 after he'd made radio calls saying that he was pursuing three suspects into a wooded area, investigators said. It was later determined that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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kevCopAz @ 11/14/2015 8:29 AM

and so it begins. Will agencies never learn that negligent retention bites them in the rear end overtime. Based upon only what I have read, this guy was a nightmare employee with a bad history. Even if he never pulled this suicide thing he was not fit to work as a LEO. They knew it then but swept it under the rug. Perhaps the Chief of that department should look inn the mirror and perhaps resign himself. The saddest fact is that this guy was in the end a coward and a thief and hurt his own family and those that trusted him more then we can say. May he rot in hell.

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