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Tenth wrongful death suit since 2005 filed against North Chicago

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Several videos have appeared pointing towards police brutality in North Chicago, Illinois. Since 2005, nine wrongful death suits have been filed against the city for excessive force being used by its police force. A recently filed lawsuit has brought the total to 10 and the cousin of the alleged victim obtained the video that was shown to the North Chicago City Council earlier this month.

In the video, which was recorded by a police surveillance camera in July 2010, a police officer is preparing to search a man in a booking room. The man appears to be tame, but suddenly the officer punches the man. After hitting him in the back of the head, the cop slams the man's face into a nearby wall. The man in custody falls to the floor likely because of pain. After the man is escorted out of the room, another officer comes in with a mop and cleans blood from the floor and the wall. Records show that the man was arrested for public drunkenness and loitering.

Earlier this month, another video was shown. In it, a 61-year-old man is beaten by another police officer during an arrest in 2009. After filing a complaint, the 61-year-old received $90,000 in a settlement reached between the two parties.

Because of the several videos that have been found detailing events of police brutality, the family of the man named in the tenth wrongful death lawsuit is hoping to have the police chief removed from his post. They believe that their loved one's death was caused by the occurrences of police brutality that were ignored by top officials in the department.

Source: Lake County News-Sun, "Another video of alleged police brutality in North Chicago surfaces," Judy Masterson, Dec. 20, 2011

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