Officers accused in teen's beating appear in court

July 23, 2010 9:39:03 AM PDT
Four Houston police officers charged in the beating of a teenage burglary suspect earlier this year appeared in court this morning. The charges stem from the alleged beating of Chad Holley in April. It happened outside a southwest Houston storage facility and was captured by surveillance video. Holley was 15 years old at the time.

Attorney Dick DeGuerin says his client, HPD Officer Andrew Blomberg, intends to plead not guilty to a charge of official oppression.

Officers Drew Riser, Raad Hassan and Philip Bryan are facing similar charges. Joe Owmby, Officer Hassan's attorney, says his client is looking forward to having his day in court.

"This is a very difficult time for him and his family," said Owmby. "Officer Hassan is the type of person who had a job to do and thought he would be doing it for quite a while and he wanted to do a good job and then this happened. It was kind of unexpected. His family's adjusting and trying to fight through this."

The officers are set to appear in court again in September. Meantime, Holley's mother has filed a lawsuit, claiming her son suffered brain damage in the alleged beating.

Holley's family had hoped the officers would be charged with felonies, but they were indicted on misdemeanors.


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