North Chicago settles Taser death lawsuit for $3 million

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — The city of North Chicago has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after police officers beat and shocked him repeatedly with a Taser.

The Chicago Tribune reports that neither the city nor police admitted wrongdoing in the 2011 death of 45-year-old Darrin Hanna.

The incident happened when police were dispatched to Hanna’s apartment after a report that he was beating his pregnant girlfriend. Police said at the time that Hanna fought with officers and that they shocked him until they could handcuff him. An autopsy revealed that the wounds inflicted by police contributed to Hanna’s death.

After an internal investigation, the city announced it was firing one of the officers at the scene and suspending another.