The three officers were cleared in an internal investigation as well as a probe conducted by the state police and McCracken County Attorney Dan Boaz.
Dawson went to the police department April 3 to inquire about the arrest of his cousin. The three officers told investigators that Dawson became extremely disruptive after they repeatedly told him to stop. After he continued to argue, officers placed him under arrest, but they said he resisted and that they had to use force to restrain him.
Dawson was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstruction of government operations, all misdemeanors.
In an interview afterward, Dawson admitted that he acted obnoxiously but said he didn’t do anything that required police to use force.
Dawson was treated at the Trigg County Hospital for what police described as minor injuries. He said he suffered a black eye and had bruises on the back of his legs.
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