Victim’s Family Files Lawsuit Against North Chicago Police

NORTH CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of a man who died of injuries suffered last month during his arrest by North Chicago police has filed a federal civil rights suit against the suburb and six of the officers involved in the arrest.

Darrin Hanna, 45, died on Nov. 13, a week after North Chicago officers allegedly beat him and subdued him repeatedly with a Taser during his arrest.

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The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, alleges that when officers were summoned because of a domestic dispute, Hanna’s girlfriend was escorted by police from the building. It says that they then beat and shocked him for 20 minutes even though he did not offer any resistance.

He was brought out of the building unconscious, on a stretcher, with a sheet over his head.

The suit names the city of North Chicago and Officers Tristan Borzick, Gary Grayer, Marc Keske, Brandon Yost, Arthur Strong and Jayson Geryol.

“They beat him, Tased him to the point to where his mother couldn’t recognize him in his face and had to check his feet,” Hanna family attorney Kevin O’Connor said in a news conference after filing the suit at the Dirksen Federal Building.

O’Connor alleges that the pattern is one he has seen dating back to 2005, mostly involving officers on the department’s night shift.

Hanna’s mother, Gloria Carr, and son, DeLorean McKinney, 25, are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages in the suit.

Carr made it known last week that she intended to file the suit. O’Connor said that since then, family members have received at least three threats. He said it only made them more determined to go forward.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force is investigating the case. O’Connor said it cannot release its findings until Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey determines the cause of death.

Yancey has already identified multiple trauma, including Taser markings.

Hanna’s family has been a constant presence at City Council meetings since his death, and O’Connor said that Carr intends to speak again next Monday.

She has called for murder charges against the officers, and wants Police Chief Mike Newsome fired. The city council voted 4-3 to suspend Newsome last week, but required five votes to make it stick. Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr. said Newsome would remain on the job.

O’Connor said that Newsome has attempted to discipline some of the officers in the past, but said that the suburb’s Fire and Police Board has either reduced sanctions or absolved the officers.

Newsome has placed the officers involved in Hanna’s arrest on desk duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.

City attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Keyshawn Demarious Washington

    It seems to me that this negroid got exactly what he deserved. Resist the police, they will use whatever force is necessary to prevail. Police don’t tase and beat someone just for the pure enjoyment of it, that’s actually what the city’s black homies do on a daily basis. This guy resisted and his family just can’t accept it. Look at this criminal’s arrest record, it speaks for itself. The police were their because of his abuse of a woman to begin with. That yellow hair gorilla woman deserves ZERO dollars. It should be illegal for filing a frivilous lawsuit!!!

    • Yard Ape

      As ALWAYS Keyshawn, you are correct!!! BRAVO !!!!

    • Jim Hamilton

      Why is it that very time a lawbreaking menace gets killed it’s always the cops fault?

      Darrin Hanna’s mother, blasting out murder when that’s just not true.

      Imagine police called they have a hysterical pregnant woman, and an out of control Black guy in a dark apartment. Police aren’t going to back down so Black man better come out and surrender. If I’m a cop going into that situation and run into a combative suspect black or white, mexican it don’t matter. I’m going to do all I can to make sure I bring this guy down and that I come out alive and he is no longer a threat to the pregnant girl and her sister. At this point I’m not real worried about the pregnant woman beaters safety either, if he don’t comply, it’s dark, he don’t want to come out he’s going down before me or any of my fellow officers and I can just imagine all of the officers there were feeling something like this.

      Darrin was not murdered he brought this unfortunate instance upon himself. Stop blaming the police officers here’s the story.

      He had an arrest record, mostly (I wonder what they are hiding behind this word) for retail theft, he was going through drug problems according to family

      Hanna was arrested Nov. 6 by North Chicago police after the sister of his 21-year-old pregnant girlfriend called police because the couple was fighting at his apartment in the 1700 block of Park Avenue and she heard Hanna threaten her sister. Police said officers entered the dark apartment and they had to physically restrain Hanna when he was injured and then taken to the hospital. He died at Vista East Medical Center, Waukegan, on Nov. 13.

      Complements of

      Now Darrin’s mother can’t see the menace that her son truly had become He was a drug using, thief (mostly retail but maybe a few cars I don’t know) woman beating thug. Darrin studied a little bit of criminal justice and still chose the way of life that brought about his untimely demise.

      Now Darrin‘s mother, in her blind love for Darrin, is trying to ruin the lives of the fine, upstanding , brave men in uniform, that were just doing there civic duty, These police officers had no idea what they were going to encounter in that dark apartment and when they did meet up with Darrin, obviously he didn’t give up peacefully they had to subdue a combatant, angry, black man in the dark.

      Darrin may have played some basket ball, and believed in Jesus when he was little but he left all that behind and chose a of life of crime that gave him a criminal record and he was still actively being a criminal at the time of his death. He was well educated on right from wrong even his mother taught him that. Now she is angry and lashing out. Those police officers didn’t wake up in the morning and say hey lets go murder Darrin Hanna today, they were sent there summoned by the violent actions of Darrin, a known criminal and now a mad, pregnant woman beating, thug.

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