2 sue Fox Lake over investigation of officer's death

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Monday, March 21, 2016
Joseph Gliniewicz is seen in this photo.
Joseph Gliniewicz is seen in this photo.

FOX LAKE, Ill. -- An Illinois village faces a lawsuit from two men who say they were targeted during an investigation into the death of a police officer who authorities later determined staged his suicide to appear he was gunned down in the line of duty.

In the lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Chicago, Preston Shrewsbury and Manuel Vargas say officers harassed them and violated their civil rights in the days after Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz's Sept. 1 death. Authorities launched a search for three men Gliniewicz said he was pursuing.

Authorities say Gliniewicz killed himself because he believed his theft from a youth program was about to be exposed.

The Village of Fox Lake said it "has not been formally served with the lawsuit and has not had an opportunity to review details of the complaint."

Another man sued Fox Lake last year alleging racial discrimination.

WLS-TV contributed to this report.

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