Gary Police
Joe Raymond  /  AP
Rudolph Clay, mayor of Gary, Ind., announces the retirement of police Chief Tom Houston, who along with two aides was indicted on federal civil rights charges.
updated 3/11/2008 6:44:15 PM ET 2008-03-11T22:44:15

The police chief of Gary, Ind., has retired less than a week after he and two top aides were indicted on federal civil rights charges.

Police Chief Thomas Houston is accused of assaulting two people he suspected of burglarizing his home last June and of having four people arrested and detained without probable cause.

Gary Mayor Rudy Clay said Tuesday that the two men indicted with the chief have been reassigned to the homicide division with an emphasis on cold cases.

Those two officers are accused of striking one of the suspects on the arm with a piece of wood. None of the four suspects was charged in the break-in.

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