Teen claims Houston police beat him, he passed out
HOUSTON - May 03, 2012 (WPVI) -- A teenager has testified that Houston police officers repeatedly kicked and beat him, causing him to briefly lose consciousness, during his arrest on suspicion of burglary in 2010.
Chad Holley was the first witness Thursday in the trial of former police officer Andrew Blomberg, who is charged with misdemeanor official oppression in the alleged beating. Blomberg faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
Security video from the March 2010 arrest appears to show several officers kicking and hitting the then-15-year-old Holley.
During opening statements, Blomberg's attorney called the ex-officer a hero and said he had been trying to secure a suspect.
Holley was later convicted in juvenile court of burglary and put on probation.
Blomberg and three other officers were fired and indicted.
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