The shooting death of Fox Lake Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz made waves this summer. Various news outlets took to their platforms to blame recent resistance to the police brutality for the tragedy. The complaints (largely from the conservative media) have been levied against President Obama and the “Black Lives Matter” movement, blaming them for instilling hatred in the hearts of American citizens towards the police. However, it has come to the light that Lt. Gliniewicz pulled a Machiavelli-of-sort, in a “carefully staged suicide” after stealing a substantial amount of money from a local Illinois youth group.
According to WGNTV News, Gliniewicz’s wife and son are under investigation for embezzling and laundering funds from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post. According to reports:
Gliniewicz’s shooting this summer led to a large manhunt, but today the authorities say he carefully staged his own death after committing criminal acts. Authorities say Gliniewicz was stealing and laundering money from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post for the past seven years. Thousands of dollars were used by Gliniewicz for personal purposes, travel expenses, mortgages, personal gym memberships, adult websites, facilitating personal loans and unaccounted cash withdrawals.
Investigators recovered electronic messages deleted from Gliniewicz’s personal and work cell phones, including incriminating statements that had been deleted prior to his suicide. In the release sent to the media, in which some of these message are included, an “Individual 1” and “Individual 2” are listed. Melodie and D.J. Gliniewicz are these “Individuals,” multiple sources say.
It is also reported that this s not the only time Gliniewicz got his hands dirty. More than a decades ago, as a sergeant on the force, a sexual harassment lawsuit was brought against him and the police department. A female underling, who worked with him with the Explorer Post claimed he made unwelcome sexual advances towards her. Gliniewicz was only suspended for 30 days as a result.