North Chicago Police Chief Resigns In Wake Of Brutality Scandal

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (CBS) — North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham has accepted the resignation of his embattled police chief.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, police Chief Michael Newsome had been under increasing pressure since the November death of Darrin Hanna, 45, who was allegedly beaten and shocked with a Taser by North Chicago officers during an arrest.

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Newsome, 50, had been put on administrative leave with pay by Mayor Rockingham on Jan. 3, pending the outcome of the investigation into Hanna’s death. Four aldermen also voted for Newsome’s removal.

Newsome’s retirement was effective Feb. 24. In a letter to Rockingham, he said he was thankful for “the opportunity to serve and protect the citizens of North Chicago.”

“I have had the chance to make many meaningful relationships, both personal and professional,” he stated.

Rockingham called Newsome “a consummate law enforcement professional and a tremendous team player.”

Hanna’s mother, Gloria Carr, spoke out soon after her son’s death.

“I want the officer to suffer and be charged with murder!” she said.

Carr is pursuing a federal lawsuit against the City of North Chicago, where police are facing other allegations of brutality.

The lawsuit claims six officers beat Hanna and repeatedly used the Taser on him when they arrested him over a domestic dispute. Their suit claims officers beat and shocked him for 20 minutes, even though he did not resist arrest.

But Carr is not blaming Newsome. She says he is a scapegoat, although she also believes he looked the other way.

Newsome previously served as a shift commander and detective. He oversaw initiatives including installation of the city’s first surveillance cameras and the patrolling of three Navy housing subdivisions, an addition of about 1,000 homes.

During his tenure, according to Rockingham, the “crime index rate” in the city dropped.

Rockingham said Newsome “presided over a very difficult time when the city has been limited in resources.”

  • dmbmve

    I believe the Police Chief and the whole darn crooked department should be liable for this MURDER.

    • Harifaque Morgan

      Yeah right, the guy was a violent piece of sh!t and got exactly what he deserved! I think the North Chicago police department should be commended for the excellent job they have done for their citizens! By the way, dumb, it’s not murder when a suspect is killed while being restrained by police. This monkey should have complied with police and he would still be alive!!!

  • Gloria Carr

    My boy is a good boy! They just picked on him cause he be black! I want this honkey officer to suffer and be charged with murder! I’ze be pusuing a lawsuit agaist the police! I’ze be needin a new car and one of those big screen TV’s! The police mudered my boy cause he black!

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