Police beat teen on tape, but get charged with misdemeanors|
Fri May 4, 2012 1:14AM GMT
A teenager testified Thursday that he was trying to surrender to Houston police officers when they repeatedly kicked and hit him, causing him to briefly lose consciousness, during his 2010 arrest on suspicion of burglary.
An attorney for Andrew Blomberg, one of the four since-fired officers accused of participating in the beating, countered that his client was a "hero" who tried to secure a potentially dangerous suspect, and that he had not kicked the then-15-year-old boy. newsone.com
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Blomberg, 29, is the first of the four former police officers to stand trial in the arrest that was caught on video. He is charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor, and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. seattlepi.com
Last year a video was released of Houston Police brutally beating Chad Holley who surrendered after being chased by authorities. blackchristiannews.com
In the video, police kick and punch the then 15-year-old Chad Holley, who does not fight back, multiple times. Holley laid motionless on the ground while a group of cops descended upon him. newsone.com