Houston top cop: Videotaped beating was sickening

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s police chief says the 2010 videotaped beating of a black teenage burglary suspect made him “sick to my stomach” and gave the department a “black eye.”

Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. told jurors Tuesday in Houston that fired officer Drew Ryser mistreated the teen during the arrest.

Ryser is on trial this week on a misdemeanor charge of official oppression. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted. Ryser was one of four officers fired and later indicted.

Security video from March 2010 appears to show several officers hitting then 15-year-old Chad Holley. The teen was later convicted in juvenile court of burglary and given probation.

Ryser’s attorneys say the ex-officer was following textbook procedures to arrest a suspect he believed might have been armed.

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