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Ex-officers get probation in Houston teen beating

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | April 24, 2013 | Updated: April 24, 2013 3:39pm


Chad Holley [second from right) stands beside his mother, Joyce Holley [right) as Minister Quanell X [left) describes the events surrounding the alleged beating of Chad Holley after an encounter with eight Houston police officers in March, during a press conference Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in Houston with members of the NAACP, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, the Nation of Islam, Ministers Against Crime, the National Black United Front and other community leaders, to release graphic images of injuries sustained by Holley. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )


HOUSTON (AP) — Two fired Houston police officers accused of beating a black teenage burglary suspect during an arrest that was caught on video were each sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation as part of plea agreements.


Ex-officers Phil Bryan, 47, and Raad Hassan, 43, each entered pleas of no contest to a misdemeanor charge of official oppression. The two men had been set to go to trial on Monday. If convicted at trial, each ex-officer had faced up to a year in jail.


State District Judge Ruben Guerrero accepted the former officers' pleas and sentenced them to two years of deferred adjudication, a form of probation. If the men complete their probations without getting into trouble, their convictions will be dismissed.


The beating of then-15-year-old Chad Holley prompted fierce public criticism of the Houston police department by community activists, who called it an example of police brutality against minorities.


Four officers were charged; one was acquitted last May and another officer's case is still pending. Holley was convicted of burglary in juvenile court.


Defense attorneys and the special prosecutors appointed to handle the case all said the plea deal for Bryan and Hassan was fair.


Holley recently was convicted in another burglary case, and special prosecutor Tommy LaFon said this new conviction was one of several factors he and the other special prosecutor, Jonathan Munier, considered in deciding whether to go to trial. Other factors included the acquittal of Andrew Blomberg, the first officer to be tried in the case, and the lack of serious injuries suffered by Holley, he said.


"There is a risk to go to trial and a risk to both sides. We came up with what was a fair resolution," LaFon said.


Hassan was also fined $750, while Bryan was fined $500. As part of the plea agreements, prosecutors dismissed a charge of violation of the civil rights of a prisoner that each ex-officer had also faced.


"It allows him to move on with the rest of his life," Aaron Suder, Bryan's attorney, said of the plea agreement.


Joe Owmby, Hassan's attorney, said his client accepted the deal because prosecutors presented what "we considered was a fair and reasonable offer."


While the plea deal will result in a 10-year suspension of their peace officer licenses from the state, both men had already moved on from law enforcement, according to their attorneys. Both Suder and Owmby declined to say what their clients are now doing for work.


The former officer whose case is still pending, Drew Ryser, had also been set for trial on Monday. LaFon said Ryser's case may now be delayed, but no decision by the judge has been made.


In video footage from a security camera that caught the March 2010 beating, Holley is seen falling to the ground after trying to hurdle a police squad car. He's then surrounded by at least five officers, some of whom appear to kick and hit his head, abdomen and legs. Police said that Holley and three others had tried to run away after burglarizing a home.


Holley was convicted of burglary in juvenile court in October 2010 and placed on probation. Last year, Holley, now 19, was arrested on another burglary charge, and a judge sentenced him to six months in jail and seven years of probation earlier this month.


"When we evaluated it, we kind of thought there was a strong likelihood that if we got a guilty (verdict), the jury would give them probation," LaFon said.




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Here again, when U.S. born Blacks place no value in Constitutional protections for U.S. citizens, and when there are no civil lawsuit mega-buck penalties on the back end, to hold public servants or anyone else financially liable for damages in the City (Houston, TX), County, State, or Federal jurisdiction where this beating, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment....a police officer is not the judge, jury, and executioner" of a Black teen took place it will be business as usual. 


Amendment VIII-Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


Furthermore, U.S. born black men, women, and minors must stop committing or being involved in criminal activity.


The Clean Hands Doctrine should send a strong message to anyone who seeks redress for criminal/negligent/unethical wrongdoing of another individual, a government or private business entity.  The individual making any claim for redress must first be law abiding before he or she can demand redress from anyone else who violates the law, the Constitution, the property rights of another individual, etc., etc.


Just think how strong this teen's legal claim for damages/redress would be, had he been innocent, not involved in an alleged burglary, etc., etc., leaving the police officers with "no probable cause" or means to explain or to justify the arrest, assault/battery on the teen in the first place. 


Chances are slim, that any police officer, probation officer or other public servant with any common sense, would have even considered arresting or violating the Constitutional rights of 15-year-old Chad Holley , had he been law abiding, and if so, this would be a very dysfunctional/rogue/unethical/ignorant police officer or public servant to violate the rights of any suspect without probable cause.


This is not 1865, and the Dread Scott decision has no bearing on what happens today.  

The only enslavement that U.S. born Blacks face today are the obstacles that he or she place on themselves and/or any treasonous misfit from within the Black community itself who contributes to disparaging Constitutional protections.


Clearly, Illegal aliens and his or her lawyers have a better understanding of how best to hold a public servant or anyone else accountable to the Constitution, the "Oath of Office", and/or the "Rule of Law" than far too Many U.S. Born Blacks!


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CNN I-Report:  "Media misinformation brought back Boston racist memories" by omekongo 


Selected Comment:


"Tell it like it is Truth." -jtchicago2


Indeed, jtchicago2,


It seems and the reality of it will bear this out, that far too often, as applied to the many individuals who fit the description, of U.S. born black men and women, who will line up around the block and then some, to head fast in the wrong direction....committing criminal acts, playing the race card, being deceitful, lying under oath, being unethical, trashing the essence of what it means to be a U.S. citizen, trashing the Constitution........


....but when it comes time to standing up for our Constitution, being truthful, competent, law abiding, ethical, etc., etc., a listener could hear a voice of silence in the midst of millions, for the few and far between in the Black community who truly stand for what is just, right, lawful, and who place value in the essence of what it means to be a U.S. citizen.


CNN I-Report:  "Illegal Aliens and his or her Lawyers Have a Better Understanding of How Best to Hold a Public Servant Accountable, Than Many U.S. Born Descendants of Slavery Who Typically Give Carpet- bagging Sleazy Elected Officials a Free Pass to be Re-elected!" by TheTruth53


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