Man says in suit that Gliniewicz, investigators targeted him

Updated 11/13/2015 4:18 PM

CHICAGO -- A lawsuit against the Illinois village of Fox Lake and the estate of a police officer who killed himself claims police initially investigating the death as a homicide targeted a man as a suspect because of his race.

The lawsuit filed Friday by Vernon Randolph says Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz repeatedly harassed him without justification. After Gliniewicz's Sept. 1 suicide, Randolph, who's black, claims he and his child were "surrounded by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents with guns pointed," and he was searched and questioned.


Randolph says authorities searched his home and took a DNA swab from him "based solely on his race."

The lawsuit contends village leaders knew about Gliniewicz's misconduct for years, but kept employing him.

Village officials didn't immediately return phone calls for comment.

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