Houston PD excessive force video released
Feb 18 2011 | 5:59 p.m.
After the District Attorney, police chief and the mayor of Houston denied the public from viewing the excessive force video of several Houston Police officers kicking and punching a surrendering suspect, community activist Quanell X was able to legally request the video showing the assault. Against a judge’s wishes, Quanell X made the video public to the local news which shows several officer beating a suspect, Chad Holley, 15, which was captured by surveillance video from an adjacent building.
Four of the Houston PD officers have been indicted, but only for misdemeanor “official oppression” charges and not for the more serious excessive force or assault charges. Holley was found guilty in October 2010 of stealing cash, jewelry and a keyboard from a nearby Houston townhouse and was put on probation for two years.
The footage was captured on March 24, 2010 by a camera at Uncle Bob’s Self-Storage. The storage facility sent its surveillance video to the Houston Police Department and the District Attorney within a week of the incident.