Wednesday, March 07, 2012
The pig with lipstick won't go away...Gloria Carr: Police killed my felon son... NO GLORIA, COCAINE KILLED YOUR FELON SON
Four months after 45-year-old Darrin Hanna’s death sparked public protests against the North Chicago police, the Lake County Coroner has determined that his death was caused in part by trauma inflicted by police and shocks from a Taser, an official said today.
Hanna died Nov. 13, a week after police intervened in an alleged domestic incident at his home, but authorities had never explicitly connected his death with his treatment by police.
Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey released a statement this afternoon saying that Hanna’s death resulted from a variety of complications, including “physical trauma and restraint” and Taser shocks suffered during the confrontation with officers.
Other factors included “acute and chronic cocaine abuse,” badly managed high blood pressure and insufficient kidney function, Yancey said.
Each factor contributed to multiple organ failure related to Hanna’s sickle cell disease, Yancey said.
Hanna’s mother, Gloria Carr, was upset that the coroner’s statement did not emphasize that the beating by police caused her son’s death rather than the other factors.
“I’m upset,” she said. “They’re trying to put other things before trauma. Trauma at the hands of police should have been the first thing.”
She said her son did have problems with sickle cell trait, which is not as severe as sickle cell disease, but had not been hospitalized for it for a couple of years.
She acknowledged that he used cocaine, but said he was an occasional user who was trying to clean up, not chronic. And she said her son never had kidney problems or dialysis until after the arrest.
“I hope the state’s attorney prosecutes these officers,” she said, “even though (the coroner is) trying to say it’s something else.”
Also today, the Illinois State Police delivered the results of an investigation into Hanna’s death to the Lake County state’s attorney’s office, which will determine whether anyone should be charged criminally, said Monique Bond, state police spokeswoman.
Seven officers who were involved in the incident were placed on desk duty shortly after Hanna died, and his family has called for criminal charges against those officers.
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