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Suit against Crowe, sheriff dismissed

But attorney says case ‘not over by any stretch of the imagination’

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POSTED: May 23, 2009 1:00 a.m.

A lawsuit filed against Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith and newly appointed Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe was voluntarily dismissed Wednesday.

The suit filed in April on behalf of six North Bryan County residents arrested after an altercation between Crowe, other officers and Tommy Lee Williams, sought to stop officers involved in the April 14 incident from patrolling the area of Charles Shuman and Beulah Church Roads.

The suit also accused Crowe and other officers of racial slurs and beating Tommy Lee Williams excessively.

The request to stop the officers patrolling, however, was denied by Judge David Cavender May 14.

The suit was dismissed in a single page document filed with Bryan County Superior Court by Savannah attorney Sage Brown and attorney Robert McFarland of Cumming.

But the issue is not finished, according to Brown.

He said he expects to file suit in Federal Court in the next few weeks for violations of federal law and his clients civil rights.

"It’s not over by any stretch of the imagination," Brown said, "and I think people will understand that."

Crowe and Smith had no comment.

 

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