02/05/2011

Houston mayor says video's airing may affect case against cops

Legislator says Quanell X released tape to TV as judge issued restraining order

By Brian Rogers and Mike Morris
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — Houston's mayor said Thursday that the release of a video showing several Houston police officers last March kicking, punching and stomping on a handcuffed teenager could damage the prosecutor's case against four officers.

"We don't want to do anything to jeopardize the prosecution of these police officers," Mayor Annise Parker said Thursday, following a weather news conference at Houston TranStar, the local emergency management center. She said the video's release may cause the trials to be moved out of Harris County.

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