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All White Jury Declares White Policeman Innocent Despite Video Of Him Beating Black Teen

All White Jury Declares White Policeman Innocent Despite Video Of Him Beating Black Teen

 

Written by Alex Brown

Police officers were caught by a security camera apparently beating a black teen as he lay prone with his hands behind his head. Chad Holley, then fifteen, was running from police after committing burglary, but after falling over the hood of a police car remained on the ground and put his hands behind his head. The video shows Officer Andrew Blomberg reach Holley first, and he then appears to kick or stomp Holley on the head or neck. Blomberg then runs to pursue another suspect. Holley remains surrounded by at least five officers who appear to continue beating him.

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Despite the video and expert testimony that “Blomberg’s actions were ‘objectively unreasonable’ and were ‘contrary to any legitimate police action,’” an all-white, six member jury acquitted Blomberg on Wednesday. Blomberg was the first of four officers who were fired by the Houston police department over the incident to face trial trial for official oppression, which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail. Blomberg claimed to being using his foot to “sweep” not stomp Holley after Holley failed to put his hands behind his back. Jurors in the case told Blomberg’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, that prosecutors had failed to prove that Blomberg had acted unreasonably.

The acquittal came after another white officer was accquitted of wrongdoing in the shooting of African-American Robert Tolan in the driveway of his home last year, and members of the local community are outraged at the outcome:

The jury sent a message that the life of a black man don’t mean a damn thing in Houston,” African-American community activist Quanell X told the Los Angeles Times. “I believe the prosecutor never truly intended to convict this cop. I believe that allowing an all-white jury to be impaneled in this case was absolutely wrong and a miscarriage of justice.” …

Black people must rise up and send a message to white people in this city and this town that our lives and the lives of our children do matter,” Quanell X told the Times. “We’re at a boiling point where America is headed toward some real civil conflict because of cases like Trayvon Martin and Robbie Tolan and Chad Holley. Black people are sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

The community responded to the outcome by holding a protest in downtown Houston on Thursday. The protest started with three dozen people but the crowd grew to about 300.

Both Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Harris County District Attorney agree with protesters that the verdict in the case was incorrect. Mayor Parker told a news conference that none of the officers who were fired over the incident will ever be Houston police officers again regardless of the outcome of their trials. State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, also disagreed with the verdict and has called for a complete review of the Houston criminal justice system, stating that “[a]n officer of the law simply cannot be above the law.”

Three other officers await trial for their part in the incident. Drew Ryser is charged with official oppression and Phillip Bryan and Raad Hassan are both charged with official oppression and violating the civil rights of a prisoner.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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2:03AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

it seems funny how quick the teen remains, but the beating was unexpected glory to the teen. Its a mad world.

1:58AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

wow.

12:08PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

AmeriKKKa the land of the honkey and home of the cowards,

11:01PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Here is the stuff that grows true vigilantys. If some racist cops beat my son after he submitted, i don't know what I'd do, but I could die attempting to protect him. I am white he is mixed. By hiring an all white jury they made this a "Hate Crime". Before it may have been some bad cops having a bad day taking it out on this poor boy. NO he isn't getting his much earned justice, now it's a hate crime. And everyone protecting the cops are in the wrong.Best thing is God will be the true vindicator. HE will get justice for this boy. But he shouldn't have to wait so long for that.

5:38AM PDT on May 27, 2012

Who are these stupid, unethical white people who protect abusive white police rather than a black kid who has clearly submitted? How did they find a jury of so many people without consciences?This is totally unbelievable (too believable)!

7:28AM PDT on May 26, 2012

I wonder how many such beatings go unrecorded and untried.

3:49AM PDT on May 26, 2012

This "policeman" should lose his job, and be brought up on charges! Let's see how tough the cop is when he's in jail or prison!
If I were the victim, I'd call the ACLU--yes, he committed a crime, for which he should be tried, but not beaten by a crazy cop.

4:15PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Dear Marjorie,
Just as there can be kangaroo courts, there can be kangaroo juries... especially when they are all white and having to pass judgement on a person who is black, brown or yellow.
Please read the history of the white race and all the damage and harm, looting and plundering they have done all over the planet in the last five hundred years.

3:56AM PDT on May 24, 2012

MarjorieMarjori H, said: "Black people want to have a dictatorship in this country anyway."

Where did you get this little gem? Your words are the most divisive, terrible words I have ever read on Care2. Give us some justification for you words. Provide an example. How can you think so badly of your fellow Americans? I hope you will apologize to all American minorities for making such an insulting statement.

Black Americans value freedom, democracy, liberty and justice as much as any citizen, even more! Remember, American blacks already had a dictatorship when they worked as slaves. I don't think they liked it very much.

6:31PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Why have a jury trial if what they find isn't acted upon. If people say it is incorrect, just be like Russia and dictate what the outcome will be and don't even have a jury. Black people want to have a dictatorship in this country anyway.

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