Black community leaders in Houston, Texas, are alleging racism after an all-white jury acquitted a white police officer of beating a black teen.
The beating of 15-year-old Chad Holley in 2010 was caught on tape and outraged the black community. Holley, now 18, was fleeing from a burglary, though the video shows him put his hands behind his back as officers surround him and kick him.
Andrew Blomberg, 29, was the first of four police officers to stand trial for their roles in a beating that prompted fierce public criticism of the police department by community activists who called it another example of police brutality against minorities.
'It is pathetic. It is unacceptable,' the Rev James Dixon of the Community of Faith Church said of the jury's decision.
'This kind of expression says to me, to my children and to every black child in the city, "Your life is not worth manure."'
Quanell X, the community activist who had released the video of the alleged beating to the media, called the verdict 'wrong' and criticized the lack of blacks or other minorities on the six-person jury.
Asked why there weren't any blacks or minorities on the jury, DeGuerin said most of the African-Americans in the jury pool had already made up their minds that Blomberg was guilty.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Houston cop acquitted of beating teen with clear video evidence
Remember this ugly disgusting scene of excessive force? The video is right there. Cops beating on a suspect, Chad Holley, after he was down on the ground and surrendered. And somehow this police officer, Andrew Blomberg, was acquitted of beating Mr. Holley, with an all white jury. The video clearly shows at least two out-of-control cops, one kicking repeatably throughout the video, is that Blomberg? And another cop punching away on Holley. Read the whole article via the link below.