Chad Holley told a court deciding his guilt on a burglary charge that his arresting officers had beaten him. But until the video was released, the public couldn’t know the extent of the brutality the African-American teen had suffered.
As he lay on his stomach, hands behind his back, a group of officers repeatedly kicked, punched and stepped on the fifteen-year-old.
Certainly viewers would not imagine any jury in America acquitting those shown assaulting this child--that is, except for the all-white jury that just freed Andrew Bloomberg, the first of four to be tried.
Although the officers were fired, this is not about job performance. It’s about crime, violence and violation of civil rights.
Allowing an all-white jury to decide the verdict displays a sickening degree of prejudice in Houston's judicial system.
Three officers have yet to be tried. Tell Houston and Harris County to ensure that a truly impartial jury decides if the remaining officers are guilty of assaulting Chad Holley.
We, the undersigned, question the acquittal of the officer involved in the beating of 15-year-old Chad Holley.
The statements made by Mayor Parker, indicating that this video should not have been released seem to show a desire to continue to cover up these crimes. Had Bloomberg not been acquitted and an all-white jury been chosen to make such a decision concerning the brutal beating of a black youth, then perhaps keeping the video private until after other officers were tried might have been justified.
Now that the public has seen for themselves the extent of brutality committed against this African American teen by several white officers, there should be no question race should at least be considered a factor - and no excuse for allowing an all-white jury to decide Bloomberg's or the other officers' fates.
We request that you take no further steps to block public viewing of this video, and that you do all that is possible to make sure those committing these crimes against Chad Holley receive a proper trial and sentence.
Most important, we request that Harris County end its use of all-white juries, especially for cases where racism could be a factor.
Thank you for your attention to this serious matter.
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