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Gary Police Chief Guilty On One Count

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It’s a victory of sorts for the Gary police department. Former Police Chief Thomas Houston was found guilty yesterday on only one of six charges in a federal civil rights case. His two top aides were found not guilty on all counts.

The jury’s decision likely came down to the credibility of the four alleged victims.

Houston suspected the four had information about who broke into his home and stole his gun.

Prosecutors claim Houston beat them and had them jailed with no evidence. But the victims gave conflicting testimony about what exactly happened.

One victim claimed Houston punched and kicked each of them but Houston denied that happened. He was found guilty of arresting one of the victims without legal justification.

Houston retired from the police department in March after he was indicted.

He worked for the Gary Police Department for 40 years, but only served as chief for nine months.

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