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Activists react to plea agreement for officers in Holley beating case

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Two officers, accused of official oppression for beating teen burglary suspect Chad Holley, won't serve any time.

Today, Raad Hassan and Phil Bryant reached plea deals. They both got two years deferred adjudication and paid five hundred dollar fines.

Krystal Muhammad with the New Black Panther Party slammed the deal, and said Holley's family is unhappy too.

"They're upset. They hadn't even been contacted by the DA. Nobody bothered to let them know that the officers took a plea," said Muhammad.

In 2010, Chad Holley and other teens had burglarized a residence.They led HPD officers on a brief chase. When officer trapped their vehicle, Holley jumped out and ran. Security cameras at a nearby business caught his violent capture. You could see officers kicking and beating him.

The Harris County District Attorney's office charged Hassan, Bryan, Adam Blomberg and Drew Reyser with official oppression. Last year, a jury acquitted Blomberg. Now these two officer dodge a guilty verdict with this no contest plea.

"It's important to note that they did not plead guilty," says Houston Police Officer's Union president Ray Hunt. "They're just saying we're moving on down the road."

The case rocked and divided the city. Some said the incident was proof of a racist department and called for an independent civilian review board with subpoena power. Others said Holley was a habitual criminal who had it coming. The question now is did the officer's get what they had coming?

FOX 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico says most people would've received on year deferred adjudication instead of two. He says because they can't be cops for ten years they've lost their careers.

"I think the punishment was pretty stiff," He says where the officers got better than average treatment was by being charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor, rather than a felony.

Holley was unavailable for comment. He is currently incarcerated. Drew Reyser goes on trial Monday.

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