January 4th, 2012
01:20 AM ET

North Chicago mayor suspends chief of police

The mayor of North Chicago placed the city's police chief on leave and hired a retired officer to lead an investigation into six cases of alleged excessive use of force by police over the past 18 months.
Police Chief Michael Newsome is on paid administrative leave, Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr. said Tuesday.
"I do think that is something that we do need to look into and make sure that things are being done properly in our police department," Rockingham said. "There's a lot of things that have come to light that I think does warrant us to take a second look."
In addition, the gender and race of the people involved in the incidents will be investigated, and reporting requirements will be tightened, he said.
"I think that we, as the city of North Chicago, do need to make sure that the residents and people who are coming into our community are being handled properly," he said.

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  1. .com cop

    Didnt know there was such a thing as n chicago

    January 4, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. .com cop

    Must be a s chicago according to jim croche cause thats where leroy brown lives. And you best beware

    January 4, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I lived in Chicago three years, 1957-1960. If I ever knew that North Chicago was there, I've forgotten it.

    January 4, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Oh. In Chicago, going north, if you forget to get off the train, you end up in Milwaukee.
    Is that what they mean?

    January 4, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. uscitizen

    Its about time. Many police forces have been getting away with murder. Figuratively and literally. In many cases the blue wall goes all the way to the top. I hope the others involved get what's coming to them too.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    North Chicago, Illinois.
    Separate from the city of Chicago, it's a suburb of Chicago.

    Just like there's an East Chicago and New Chicago in Indiana.


    January 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tcr c2

    North town is nice been ther but some other parts, worse than watts in south central LA.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |