Houston police chief: Fired officer kicked teen
Suspect was subsequently convicted in juvenile court of burglary and put on probation
By Juan A. Lozano
HOUSTON — Houston's police chief believes an ex-officer accused in the 2010 videotaped beating of a 15-year-old burglary suspect kicked and stomped on the boy.
Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. told jurors Tuesday that the actions of fired officer Andrew Blomberg were "contrary to department policy, training and state law."
Blomberg is charged with misdemeanor official oppression in the beating and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. He was one of four officers fired and indicted after the incident.
Security video from March 2010 appears to show several officers hitting Chad Holley during his arrest. Holley was subsequently convicted in juvenile court of burglary and put on probation.
McClelland was the last witness for the prosecution.
Blomberg's defense began with testimony from a police sergeant who investigated the burglary.
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