Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was a hero in September when he was killed while on duty for an Illinois city on the Wisconsin border.
In the case of Gliniewicz, the story today is, again, how we don’t know what we think we know.
Gliniewicz was no hero. He was a thief of the worst order, stealing from a youth policing program, his former colleagues acknowledged today. He stole thousands of dollars that he used for personal purposes, including mortgage payments, travel and adult websites.
Then he killed himself, making it look as though he was gunned down in the line of duty, prompting a search for “two whites and a black man.” Think of how many people fit that description.
“This is the first time as a law enforcement officer…that I’ve felt ashamed by the acts of another police officer,” Lake County Major Crime Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko told a news conference this morning.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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