In an Email to The Cadiz Record, Quinn said, “Andy Dawson filed a complaint with my office and it is under consideration. It will be assigned to a special prosecutor, therefore I will have no involvement in the case.” He did not elaborate how the special prosecutor would be chosen or if an agency outside the Cadiz Police Department would investigate the complaint.
In an earlier interview, Quinn said that outside agencies are sometimes called on to investigate claims of this nature. On the same day, Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey said that he would recuse himself from the case due to his close working relationship with the Cadiz Police Department. Ovey said then that often, the Attorney General’s office appointed a special prosecutor, and that the Special Investigations Unit of the Kentucky State Police occasionally investigated cases.
Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander again declined to comment this week on the case under advisement from legal representation provided by the Kentucky League of Cities. He said that the investigation into Dawson’s claims continued under his authority and that the three officers, Sgt. Rick Martin and Officers Scott Brown and Chad Grace remained on duty. “I feel like this can be handled internally and does not warrant an outside review,” said Alexander.
Dawson claimed that in the course of inquiring about his cousin’s arrest, the three officers declined to answer his questions and told him to leave the police station, which was closed after business hours ended. After refusing to leave, Dawson said that Martin removed him from the building forcibly, and threatened his arrest if he did not remain quiet. Dawson said that Martin put him into a headlock and struck him in the face with a fist. He claimed that Grace struck him about the legs and buttocks with a police baton repeatedly while Brown performed a “swan-dive” on him after the other officers drove him to the ground.
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