Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
A former Ford Heights police officer has been charged with impersonating a police officer and threatening a public official, Cook County sheriff’s police said Tuesday.
Michael Miller, 38, only recently was paroled after serving half of a 12-year sentence for armed robbery and unlawful restraint, sheriff’s police said. He had been convicted in 2003 for using his position as a Ford Heights police officer to shake down drug dealers, police said.
Miller recently tried to gain access to the chambers of a Cook County judge, telling a sheriff’s court deputy he was a member of the Illinois State Police, sheriff’s police said. Miller also said he was with the Harvey Police Department and needed to talk to the judge about having his gun and badge returned.
Along with facing charges of impersonating a police officer, Miller had an outstanding warrant for failing to report to his probation officer, police said.
Miller, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street in Chicago, is being held at Stateville Correctional Center and will appear in court May 20 for a bond hearing.