A video-surveillance tape from Uncle Bob’s Self Storage on Cook Road in Houston captured the alleged beating of a 15-year-old boy by eight Houston police officers. Chad Holley was arrested at the facility on a burglary charge on March 24, but claims the officers beat him so badly he blacked out.
Due to the pending criminal case against him, Holley would not speak about the circumstances surrounding the arrest, but said he did not resist. The high-school sophomore claims he was face down on the ground while officers punched him in the face and kneed him in the back. Holley currently has no criminal record.
After the arrest, Holley was taken to a juvenile detention center, where his mother, Joyce Holley, collected him. She rushed him to West Houston Medical Center, where they spent the next 12 hours. He was treated for several injuries, including a fractured nose and multiple bruises.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is investigating, and the FBI has requested the video tape. Mayor Annise Parker said she viewed the tape and there will be repercussions.
Activist Quanell X said Holley’s civil rights were violated, and demanded that the DA’s office indict the officers for official oppression and excessive use of force.
The accused officers are suspended on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. They have been identified as Sgt. John McClellan and officers Andrew Blomberg, Phillip Bryan, Lewis Childress, Raad Hassan, Waleed Hassan, Drew Ryser and Gaudencio Saucedo.
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