Death of North Chicago beating suspect now ruled a homicide

The cause of death of a North Chicago man while in police custody has been changed to a homicide.

Darrin Hanna, 45,  died in Nov. 2011,  one week after police physically subdued him during an arrest.

Police restrained and tasered Hanna while in custody for allegedly beating a pregnant woman.

The Lake County Coroner originally ruled Hanna’s death “undetermined” because of factors such as Hanna’s health and drug use,  but a new coroner has changed the finding to homicide.

Hanna’s family filed a wrongful death suit against the city of North Chicago and some of its police officers.

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