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North Chicago has fired a police officer and paid $40,000 to settle a complaint that he allowed a police dog to bite a fleeing suspect repeatedly and break his leg.
The beleaguered department has also been sued over an incident caught on video in which an officer appears to punch a docile suspect in a police lockup.
Compounding the controversy, a high-ranking retired officer said she warned last year that excessive force was "getting out of control" but was ignored.
Those are among the latest developments since the death of Darrin Hanna in November unleashed a spate of police brutality accusations, protests and investigations in North Chicago.
Hanna died a week after he was arrested by officers responding to a call that he had battered his pregnant girlfriend. The Lake County coroner attributed Hanna's death in part to being beaten and shocked with a Taser by officers, but also to the 45-year-old's health problems and drug abuse.
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