On Monday, family members of Chicago resident Darrin Hanna played a recording of the 45-year-old man pleading for his life to police officers: "They're killing me."
Hanna is also heard yelling, "Put me down, please, I was down," after an officer is heard telling him in a calm voice: "You are OK. You're safe. Relax. Calm down."
Hanna died a week after he was arrested by North Chicago police during a Nov. 6, 2011 domestic disturbance call, in which he was accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.
The tape (below) was played Monday for city council members was from a police radio. The family members obtained the recording through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Hanna’s family members wanted to play that recording for the city council to convince them that the officers involved in the arrest should be fired. During the meeting, Hanna’s mother, Gloria Carr, became hysterical.
A Lake County coroner’s report states several factors exacerbated Hanna’s sickle cell anemia, leading to his death. "He might have been punched and hit with a baton, but tasering, all cause different types or levels of trauma," said Artis Yancey, Lake County coroner.
But the family’s attorney says that police reports never mention Hanna’s cries for mercy, as evidenced on the tape.