The family of a North Chicago man who was beat to death by a policeman was told the officer was fired for the incident.
But that officer was actually let go for other reasons –like living outside of the city’s limits.
In a CBS 2 Original Report by Suzanne LeMignot, the family of that man is furious. “I felt hurt and I felt, and what’s the word I want to use. Bamboozled,” said Gloria Carr.
Darrin Hanna’s mother is referring to a document, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, that shows North Chicago Police Officer Brandon Yost was terminated for the residency requirement, instead of his involvement in the brutal beating death of her son in 2011.
In April 2012, North Chicago’s police chief said that Yost was being fired immediately for punching Hanna in the face while responding to a domestic dispute. Hanna’s death was ruled a homicide.
Yost, who filed for disability a month before he was fired, was suspended for two weeks for his involvement in the incident. A transcript of The Board of Trustees of the North Chicago Police Pension Fund meeting shows that he was also given back pay for his suspension.
In a statement, the City of North Chicago said Yost was terminated for failure to abide by the rules of the department. They also objected to the pension board’s approval of his disability benefits and plan to appeal the ruling.
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