Gary cop appears in court on misconduct charge

March 14, 2008 2:10:26 PM PDT
The former Gary police chief appeared in court Friday to face a federal indictment. Thomas Houston is accused of civil rights violations - along with his Deputy Chief Thomas Branson, and Sergeant Thomas Decanter.

All three pleaded not guilty.

The charges stem from the alleged treatment of suspects involved in a break-in Houston's home last summer.

Houston retired earlier this week. Branson and Decanter were reassigned.

Their trial is scheduled to begin May 12.