Chad Holley, 18, who at 15-years-old was suspected of burglary and beaten on video by Houston Police officers, was arrested again today on a new burglary charge, reports ABC.com.
As previously reported by NewsOne, in a horrific video, police can be seen kicking and punching Holley, who does not fight back, multiple times. Holley laid motionless on the ground while a group of cops descended upon him. He subsequently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging HPD officers during his March 23 arrest.
Holley was convicted of the robbery in 2010 and just recently completed his probation.
ABC News reports:
The [new] break-in was a reported around 2pm Wednesday as a burglary-in-progress at a home in the 14000 block of Forest Trails Drive.
Brandon Scott, a witness to the alleged burglary, says his neighbors are out of town so he is keeping an eye out on their home. He says he just happened to come home from work early when he saw a suspicious red car and immediately got concerned.
He says that red car drove in front of his house and slowly backed around the corner. He says he looked outside and saw four men jumping fences into the backyard and walking the fence line near a bayou on forest trails.
Scott says he immediately grabbed his weapon when he noticed the suspected burglars canvassing his backyard and his neighbor’s yard and called 911.
Scott says he could see the suspicious guys passing electronics, like laptops and other property, over the fence.
“I was afraid they were coming in to my house, so I loaded up my gun ready for them to come into my house. They didn’t. I called 911 and just described everything to the operator, telling them what’s going on; witnessed the whole thing,” Scott said.
Officers then stopped a red car vehicle matching the description and found the four suspects inside. One of those suspects identified himself as Chad Holley. Deputies arrested him and later confirmed his identification to Eyewitness News. He was questioned at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office District 4 substation on Clay Road and subsequently charged.
See video of Holley being abused by Houston PD below:
“[This new development] does not negate that excessive use of force and police brutality exists here in Houston. The videotape showed us that young men are beaten by cops in this city but the decision that young brother made today is heartbreaking,” said Holley supporter and community activist Quanell X. “I’m hoping that a jury can still see the videotape and weigh the officers’ actions based on what is on that videotape and not allow what happened here today to get in their way based on the facts of that day. But has he lost tremendous credibility, and sympathy and empathy and empathy with the public, yes.”
The woman whose home was burglarized by Holley in 2010 told ABC News that she knew this would happen:
“It’s not surprising to me because I knew he was going to go back down the same road if he didn’t have someone encourage him. He should have learned a lesson and did the right thing.”
Former Houston PD officers Drew Ryser, Philip Bryan and Raad Hassan all still face trial over the Holley beating. As previously reported by NewsOne, former officer Andrew Blomberg was found not guilty of official oppression in the case.
“If the jury finds out that Chad Holley committed another crime, it’s gonna be very difficult to get convictions from these other three officers because the jury’s gonna say, ‘Listen, this kid had one chance and one opportunity he’s done it again; maybe what the officers did wasn’t such a bad thing,'” said legal analyst Joel Androphy.
Let’s be clear, burglary is never justification to be beaten by police.
That’s allegedly what we have a judicial system for, to prevent breaches of the law by both those sworn to uphold it and those who break it. Yes, this is disappointing; but it does not lessen the severity of the abuse that Holley faced at the hands of officers of the law. Whatever the outcome of this case may be, these so-called “cops” should always be violent criminals in the eyes of the world.