Critics Seek N. Chicago Police Overhaul After Man Dies


The demand for justice was a common theme among dozens of angry citizens who addressed the North Chicago City Council last night seeking reform of a police department that has weathered multiple accusations of excessive force in recent years, reports the Chicago Tribune. After hearing emotional comments from an overflow crowd, the City Council voted 4-3 to suspend police chief Mike Newsome — a move that was promptly halted by Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr., who said the chief will stay in place until investigations into a new allegation of police brutality are completed.

Hundreds of people packed the City Council chambers, lining the walls and spilling into the lobby, during a special meeting prompted by the Nov. 13 death of Darrin Hanna, who died days after he was injured, apparently by police who responded to a domestic disturbance at his home. The death of Hanna, whom relatives admit had a troubled life and a lengthy arrest record, has galvanized family members and others in the community to seek an overhaul of the police department.

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