Cop Accused of Beating Unarmed Teen Says “I Was Afraid”
(MAURICE GARLAND) Do you remember the Chad Holley case in Houston? You know, the one where the 15-year-old kid was out skipping school with friends and decided it was a good idea to break into a house? Same one where police saw the kids and chased them down. Same one where Holley was hit by a police car, pinned against a fence and then beat down by a handful of officers?
If you don’t remember, here is some video capturing the entire incident:
Well, one of the officers, Andrew Blomberg, is on trial for official oppression for his role in the beating. Prosecutors called one of the other officers in the video, whose name is not being released because he is undercover, to the stand and he broke into tears on Monday saying that he was fearful for his life during the beatdown.
“I was afraid,” the officer testified, wiping tears from his face. “I was afraid he had a gun and one of us might get hurt.”