Ex-Chicago cop accused of threatening Lake County investigators released on bond

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CHICAGO — Authorities say a retired Chicago police officer accused of making phone calls threatening to hurt investigators of an Illinois officer’s fatal shooting has been released from jail after posting bond.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chris Covelli confirmed on Tuesday evening that Joseph A. Battaglia’s had been released.

Defense attorney Myron Goldstin told The Associated Press earlier that his client had put down the required $10,000 cash.

A Lake County judge refused to lower the $100,000 bond at a Tuesday morning hearing.

Battaglia is accused of telling investigators of the Sept. 1 shooting of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz he would hurt them unless they declared the death a suicide.

Goldstin says he told the judge that if such statements were made, they were “stupid and wrong.”


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