Photos of teen allegedly beaten by officers released

Photos released at Tuesday's press conference
May 4, 2010 2:58:19 PM PDT
There are new photos of a teenager's injuries he claims he received during a beating by Houston police officers. Chad Holley, 15, was being arrested in connection with a burglary when the alleged beating occurred back in March. The scene was also caught on a security camera, and an investigation has been launched, but no charges have been filed yet.

The taped recording of the alleged beating sits inside the Harris County District Attorney's office, being reviewed by the police integrity unit. The DA is no longer commenting on the case or even saying how long they've had the case under review. Instead, they issued a statement, saying the Harris County DA is conducting an independent investigation and further comment may compromise the integrity of the investigation.

Just how long the investigation is supposed to take is unknown. The DA says there is no timeline. However, our legal expert questions the lack of action by the DA.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at a video tape and see whether or not someone has been beaten," said KTRK legal analyst Joel Androphy. "That's why video tapes are the best evidence. They're better than witness testimony."

Houston Mayor Annise Parker would not comment Tuesday about the investigation, but told us last week she wants the case looked into.

"When you stop and clearly indicate you're not resisting, you are no longer trying to escape, no one should be beaten," she said at the time.

The NAACP and community activists held a press conference Tuesday afternoon, during which they released new photos of Holley shortly after the altercation. They say they're calling for a civilian review board with subpoena power. They also say officers on the video tape were enjoying the beating.

We'll continue to follow this story and bring you the latest on Eyewitness News and abc13.com.


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