Interim Police Chief Quits In Scandal-Plagued North Chicago

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (CBS) — After just six days, the man who was appointed interim police chief in North Chicago has decided he doesn’t want the job.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, retired Lake Forest police Chief W. Michael Hosking was brought in by North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham to head up the troubled police department, while city police Chief Mike Newsome is on paid administrative leave.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Hosking told Rockingham the job was not in his best interest. He made the decision after a committee meeting of the North Chicago City Council Monday.

“I don’t think North Chicago is ready for me, nor am I ready for North Chicago,” Hosking said Tuesday.

The job would have earned Hosking a reported $9,000 per month.

Newsome was placed on leave amidst an ongoing scandal involving excessive force claims against North Chicago police officers.

Rockingham said he placed Newsome on leave after reviewing 88 cases in which excessive force is alleged, over four years, including the Nov. 6 domestic battery arrest of Darrin “Dagwood” Hanna, 45, who died Nov. 13 of injuries sustained during his arrest.

Since then, others have come forward with their own stories and situations caught on tape, which they say illustrate the problem.

Rockingham still awaits the results of an Illinois state Police Public Integrity Unit investigation into Hanna’s death. But he has also retained retired State Police Lt. Col. Robert Johnson to review the Hanna case and five other cases in which brutality is alleged. He said last week that Newsome’s long-term future with the department will in large part depend on what is found.

The Lake County News-Sun contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

  • Afro

    This is bullshiit what are the cops supposed to do bring the degenerates to jail and offer them milk and cookies? He didn’t hurt this POS. in the picture

  • Afro

    “I don’t think North Chicago is ready for me, nor am I ready for North Chicago,” Hosking said Tuesday.

    They aren’t worth it! I wouldn’t blame any CPD right now for walking out!

  • Tom

    For all the cop haters and to those folks who just don’t like the cops. If I had one wish, I would wish for this. That every cop in the U.S.A. call in sick to work for just one hou, at the same time. Not a day. Not a week. Not a month. Just one hour without one cop available for anything. Let every criminal in the country have at it for one hour with no law enforcement intervention. After that, maybe, just maybe, people would appreciate the police.

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