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Friday, April 27, 2012

One Cop Fired, Other Gets Small Vacation in Death Of Black Man.

Two of seven North Chicago police officers suspected to have been involved in the beating death of Darrin Hanna faced disciplinary action Friday, while their other colleagues returned to their previous posts.
Officer Brandon Yost, a six-year veteran of the force was to be discharged immediately from his position, while Arthur Strong, a seven-year veteran, will be suspended for 30 years without pay, North Chicago Police Chief James Jackson announced Friday, NBC Chicago reports.
As Jackson announced his decision, a crowd of onlookers yelled "cover up" and "liar," NBC reports.
According to ABC Chicago, Yost had admitted to hitting Hanna, while Strong falsified police reports on the incident. The other four officers and one supervisor involved in Hanna's November 2011 arrest had been put on temporary paid leave but, as of Friday, were given the go-ahead to return to work.
On Nov. 6, police responded to a report of domestic battery and detained 45-year-old Hanna, who had been accused of striking his pregnant girlfriend and attempting to drown her in a bathtub. Hanna struggled with police, sustaining injuries consistent with blunt force trauma and multiple discharges of a stun gun, and died several days later.
Hanna's death was officially attributed to several factors, including physical trauma and restraint and cocaine use that exacerbated his existing sickle cell anemia, but Hanna's family believed police officers involved should be held responsible.

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