Chad Holley's mother says her son had a fractured nose, was bruised and limping when she picked him up from the Juvenile Detention Center last month."I got very upset when I saw how he was looking," Joyce Holley said, "And I said, 'Who did this to you?' and he said, 'The officers, the police did it.'" The March 24 incident happened when Holley was arrested after a short chase on a burglary charge, and it was recorded by a surveillance camera at a self storage facility in southwest Houston. An employee of the storage business contacted activist Quanell X and showed him the video. Activist Quanell X has a copy of the tape and says it shows officers, including one African American, kicking and stomping the high school sophomore after he had already given up. "I was deeply disturbed," Mayor Annise Parker said. Parker viewed the tape Thursday morning and says she saw an inappropriate use of force. "When you stop and clearly indicate that you are not resisting, that you are no longer trying to escape, no one should be beaten for that," she said. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, the 16-year-old did not speak because of the pending criminal charge against him. His mother wants the videotape released. "Let everybody see what they did to my son," she said. Eyewitness News has filed an open records request for the Houston Police Department to release the video which reportedly shows eight officers beating that handcuffed suspect back in March.
The accused officers are:With the Westside Gang Unit: Sgt. John W. McClellan - sworn in May 1972
Ofc Raad M. Hassan - sworn in Dec 2003
Ofc Waleed M. Hassan - sworn in May 2001
Ofc Philip N. Bryan - sworn in Dec 1990
Ofc Drew W. Ryser - sworn in Feb 2007
Ofc Andrew T. Blomberg - sworn in Feb 2007
Ofc Gaudencio Saucedo - sworn in April 2002
With the Westside Tactical Unit: Sr. Ofc Lewis M. Childress - sworn in July 1988 Quanell X says the teen's family has filed complaints with HPD's internal affairs division against those officers. Once HPD finishes its investigation, it will turn over everything to the feds. The FBI will review that information and decide whether federal civil rights violation charges should be filed. Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos said in a statement that the DA's office also "is conducting an independent investigation into the incident involving the suspension of eight officers. Houston Police Department officials notified us immediately upon their receipt and viewing of the video tape involved and have cooperated fully in the investigation."