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Here is another case of injustice and brutality being perpetrated against the African American community. Even the Houston Police Chief had to admit to a room of jurors on Tuesday that the video captured in 2012was sickening. The video depicts the beating of a black teenage burglary suspect. The chief claimed that after seeing the footage he was made to feel “sick to the stomach” and such an embarrassing incident has been like a “black eye” given to the police department.
The Police Chief, Charles McClelland Jr. gave his statement in court against ex-officer Drew Ryser, who was terminated after the 2010 beating. He is also one of the four officers to be indicted in this particular case. He stated the the officer failed to follow proper procedures and coincidentally mistreated the teen in question during the arrest.
Drew Ryser, a 32 year old ex-police officer, is on trial this week for misdemeanor charges, and faces up to a year in jail if the conviction goes through.
The Chief was quoted telling the special prosecutor Jonathan Munier, “It made me sick to my stomach because it was an egregious use of force and the men and women of the Houston police department are better than that … they did not deserve that type of black eye.” It’s hard to believe that someone can honestly say that those officers did not deserve the stigma they brought upon themselves. After watching the brutal video, they clearly brought all of this upon themselves.
The former officer’s actions were justified in court by claiming that he was following procedures for an arrest of a suspect who might have been armed.
Though this would be a reasonable answer if the suspect was armed, the footage recorded in March of 2010 clearly shows then 15 year old Chad Holley falling to the ground after being rammed head on by a police squad car. After landing on the ground the suspect immediately laid still and placed his hands behind his head, yet he was still surrounded and beat by five policemen. The men were seen kicking the suspect in the head, side, and legs.
The public was furious with footage that came out and the Houston police department received much criticism. Activist groups called this incident another case of police brutality against minorities.
McClelland admitted that it was disturbing to see the Holley had obviously given up and gave “no active resistance and the force that was being used against him was excessive and unnecessary.” He then went on to explain that if Ryser and the other officers believed Holley might have been armed, proper procedure would have called for one officer to draw his weapon on the teen and for another officer to then handcuff him.
Read more about the case here.