Chad Holley, 18, right, is transported after being arrested as a suspect in a burglary. Legal experts say the new arrest of Holley, who was allegedly beaten by several Houston police officers during an incident caught on video, could pose problems for prosecutors who are still trying to get convictions in the case.
An 18-year-old who testified in the first trial of several former Houston police officers accused of beating him during a 2010 burglary arrest has been arrested again — on suspicion of burglary.
Less than two months after Chad Holley finished probation in connection with his 2010 arrest and conviction, he was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of burglarizing a home.
Holley’s lawyer could not be reached for comment Monday.
A spokeswoman for Harris County Dist. Atty. Patricia Lykos declined to comment on how Holley’s new arrest might affect how prosecutors proceed, citing the pending trials.
Last month, a jury acquitted Andrew Blomberg, the first ex-Houston police officer to stand trial on a misdemeanor charge of official oppression in connection with Holley’s initial arrest.
Blomberg’s attorneys had argued that he was trying to secure a potentially armed suspect. Holley, who was 15 at the time of his arrest, testified that he hadn’t been resisting the officers. Black community leaders dismissed the verdict by an all-white jury as unjust and racist.
In video footage of the incident taken from a security camera, Holley could be seen falling to the ground, surrounded by at least five officers, some of whom appeared to be kicking and hitting his head, stomach and legs.
Four officers, including Blomberg, were later fired and indicted on misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident.
Holley, who appeared in court Friday in connection with his latest arrest, has been released on bond.
Attorney Benjamin Hall — who is representing Holley and his family in a federal lawsuit against Blomberg, the other fired officers and the city — told the Associated Press that the new arrest should not be part of the pending trials.
“I’m sure the judge will instruct [jurors] accordingly that the only conduct that is to be viewed is the criminal conduct these police officers did two years ago,” Hall said.
But attorneys for two of the fired officers yet to be tried told the AP they will try to get Holley’s new arrest records admitted into evidence.
“It helps in regard that we’ve been trying to portray him as a person that is not a law-abiding citizen, and he’s simply a dangerous person and continues to act in the same manner,” said Carson Joachim, an attorney for ex-officer Drew Ryser, told the AP.
Those trials have yet to be scheduled.
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It appears those standing up for what they say is blatant racism in our justice system are getting what they want, sort of.
Minutes after a Harris County jury acquitted former HPD Officer, Andrew Blomberg, for beating a black teenager, Chad Holley, outrage led to a planned protest by community activists.
Protesters sat outside the courthouse Thursday, demanding to either speak to District Attorney Pat Lykos or get arrested.
Neither happened until Friday.
Lykos met with activist Quanell X and several local ministers. Whatever happened in there didn’t satisfy protesters who weren’t included.
One protester could be heard saying, “Okay, go ahead and get your police. Come and arrest us. We not leaving ’cause the minister didn’t call this meeting, we did.”
Protesters blocked the door to Lykos’ office, demanding another meeting. All they got was a statement.
Lykos said, “If people here truly want to have a meeting, then go over there to the window and schedule it. I will not meet with anyone who occupies our lobby, who impedes the administration of justice, who uses profane language with our employees, so therefore I’m asking you to leave now.”
Protesters didn’t hear the warning. Instead, one said “tell Pat Lykos she can take this statement right here and shove it up her racist tail.”
Their next move was to lie on the floor and block the doorway. The cops’ next move was to arrest them on criminal trespassing charges.
Protesters James Ridley and Samantha Williams pray.
Standing up for what you believe in is noble and all, but sitting behind bars solves nothing.
To some, our justice system may have failed once, but the fight’s not over. The case is going federal. Let’s let them handle it.
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