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Ill. officer suffers fatal heart failure following 'brutal beating'

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November 26, 2010

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Ill. officer suffers fatal heart failure following 'brutal beating'

Officer Down: Dwayne Parks - [Chicago, Illinois]

Dwayne Parks, a cop with nearly two decades of service on the job, was on his way home from work when he was harassed and attacked by local teens on a South Side Chicago bus. Following that encounter, Parks reportedly died of a heart attack just blocks from his home.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, “an autopsy is pending police investigation and additional medical testing — although initial reports indicated he was badly beaten.”

The father of 11 children, Parks had served for six years as a military police officer in the U.S. Air Force prior to his employment as a hospital police officer at Stroger Hospital in Chicago.

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