Ex-Chicago police officer accused of threats released on bond

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Judge refuses to lower bond for ex-cop accused of threats
Retired Chicago police officer Joe Battaglia is extremely remorseful for what his attorney called a "stupid, wrong and reckless act."

CHICAGO -- A former Chicago police officer accused of threatening investigators looking into the death of Fox Lake Police Officer Joe Gliniewicz was released.

Joseph Battaglia was released on bond. He allegedly threatened harm to the head of the task force and medical examiner investigating Gliniewicz's death if they did not declare it a suicide. Battaglia is charged with felony disorderly conduct.

Gliniewicz killed himself in a staged suicide, officials said, to cover up the theft of money from a Fox Lake Police Department program he ran. His death prompted a major manhunt and a two-month investigation.