February 3, 2011 by staff
Abc13, (KTRK) – For more than nine months, we followed the story of Chad Holley; a teenager who said police beat him during an arrest.
Four officers were charged with crimes for the fight, and now for the first time in this exclusive abc13, we can see the video.
Every police officer on patrol in this story has been told that the video is on. The mayor will not let you see it – or the district attorney or police chief.
We’ve all been told that the graphic representation and disturbing, and we remind you that, as we show the video so many Houstonians wanted to see.
It was an afternoon in March when a security camera captures the end of a Houston police chase. Chad Holley theft cons trying to make a run for it, but it is cut by a police car and fell to the ground. He clearly puts his arms in surrender pose then folds his arms before police move in
The first officer trample on the heads of Holley and he repeatedly kicked. We counted four officers to make the kicks.
Then, a land agent five shots on goal. It seems that the kicks are landing on the head of Holley.
Holley was on the ground with the cops on top of him for about 20 seconds and then an agent for five punches the heavy soils.
The officer who made the kick to start there again – this time from behind. Then he stomps on the back of his leg.
And then, just before Holley is captured to be taken to a patrol car, there’s another lick.
But now we go public with this video – months after the District Attorney, the police chief and the mayor has refused to let you see.
“I had the band legally if you sit back and watch your television tonight, as everybody in this town because we all see what happens,” community activist Quanell X said.
Quanell X had been sued by one of the cops in the case Holley. A judge granted him the right to obtain the tape and we gave it. A few minutes after we made our copy, the federal judge who blocked the publication of this band before was on the phone to try to stop its spread. It was too late.
“Absolutely, it is a powerful tape, and it is a shame because the band you see police officers there at the scene behave like criminals – not police officers who respect and honor their obligations to the badge, and I can you tell when the people in the hood, see, they’ll be angry too, and now it is time to emerge, “said Quanell X.
Four police officers in Houston have been indicted for what is seen on the video but on misdemeanor charges of official oppression – no aggression.
“I want to know how the hell did they do what they did to that boy on that video and they have only charged with official oppression,” Quanell X said.
Twelve officers have been punished as a result of the case Holley, but many have been given their jobs against the will of the city.
Houston Police Officer Union Executive Director Mark Clark:
“We have thousands of agents who do a great job every day and they are not involved in this field. The police do the best job they can do. This is a case that has been sorted. This is serious and is a reflection on the department. We must let the system work. There are 4 people who have been charged and we have no comment on that until that is it resolved in the courts. ”
Annise Parker Mayor:
“I was shocked and disgusted when I saw this band. My feelings have not changed. This is not acceptable in Houston. The city of Houston has fully supported the district attorney’s willingness to keep this video to be released before trial because we do nothing that might jeopardize the prosecution of officers involved. We have vigorously sought to terminate the officers and continue to fight to prevent them from ever working again in the Houston Police Department.
Whoever provided the video on channel 13 is in violation of a federal court order and should be pursued. It is unfortunate and irresponsible that Channel 13 has decided to release the material at this time. ”
Charles Houston Police Chief McClelland Jr.
“I’ve been disciplined and will not have any other comments until the case is tried and or appeal.”
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