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Grand jury clears Loganville assistant chief

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There will be no charges filed in the alleged Loganville Police Department beating incident following a suicide last year, according to the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office.


A grand jury met Wednesday to consider charges of aggravated assault with a lesser offense of battery against Dick Lowry, the assistant police chief. Lowry was one of four officers accused of police brutality by Kenneth Andrew Dixon after officers responded to his home following the suicide of his 24-year-old stepson.


“The case was ‘no-billed,’” said Jeffery L. Smith, chief investigator with the Gwinnett County district attorney's office, meaning there will be no indictments.


Loganville police Chief Mike McHugh called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the complaints following the July 14 incident. He declined to comment on the case until the results were known except to say the GBI report, when it was released, didn't reflect anything different to what his office's own investigation had revealed.


When asked to comment after the findings of the grand jury were released Thursday, McHugh would only say, “The no bill speaks for itself.”


Lowry was the only one of the four officers being considered for indictment.


Dixon was arrested the night of the incident and charged with felony obstruction. According to the police report on the incident, the officers intervened when Dixon was preventing the paramedics from attempting CPR on his stepson.


According to the District Attorney’s Office, those charges are still pending and are being considered as a separate issue.

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