Protest, town hall meeting over HPD beating case

February 15, 2011 2:49:07 PM PST
Protesters gathered Tuesday on the steps of City Hall, angry about the city's handling of the Chad Holley beating case.

"No justice, no peace. No justice, no peace," chanted the protesters.

The National Black United Front along with other community organizations protested in front of City Hall. A few dozen protesters were there some carrying signs calling for the officers to face federal charges.

Holley was 15 years old when he was arrested for burglary last year. Surveillance video of his arrest shows police officers kicking and hitting him, even after he was handcuffed. Four Houston police officers were charged in the case, but the National Black United Front feels the misdemeanor charges were too light, given the crime.

There is also a town hall meeting about police brutality scheduled for tonight. Community activist Quanell X helped organize the meeting. He says the mayor of Houston, the Houston's Police Chief, City Council Members and the FBI have been invited to attend. Quanell X also said the Holley family will be present.

The meeting will be held at the Community of Faith Church on 1024 Pinemont. The meeting runs from 7pm until 10pm.