The jury is now considering whether former Houston Police officer Drew Ryser is guilty or innocent. Ryser is charged with Official Oppression for the beating of a 15-year-old burglary suspect in March 2010. Chad Holley is seen on videotape running from officers, a patrol car cuts him off, Holley leaps over the hood of the cruiser, rolls to the ground and lays face down with his hands on his head. Several officers swarmed him and began kicking and punching him. The officers say he was resisting arrest. The video, caught by a nearby business surveillance camera, shows the 15 year old appearing to be complying and not resisting. "What more could Chad Holley had done other than put the handcuffs on himself? He was lying on the ground. This is not officers trying to make an arrest. This is officers trying to make a point," Special Prosecutor Tommy LaFon told the jury in closing arguments.
"Running as fast as you can, leaping over the hood a patrol car. If that's not resisting I don't know what is. He's a felon and a burglar and a little punk who runs from cops. If you run from the cops you're dangerous. They're not going to treat you with kid gloves and wait for you to hurt them," Ryser's attorney Lisa Andrews said in closing arguments.
"These officers deal with the most violent and dangerous criminals than any of us could ever imagine. They don't get to interview the criminal before they engage them. They don't know if they're dealing with the Pillsbury dough boy or Charles Manson," added Ryser's attorney Carson Joachim but prosecutors say the law doesn't work that way. They say officers don't get to beat up on suspects even if they are felons or burglars or have committed any other crime. "They (the officers) were interested in putting out a little street justice," said LaFon. LaFon also played the videotape of the beating for the jury, showing how Holley was not resisting. Prosecutors argue there was no legal reason for the officers to do anything to Holley except arrest him. Former officer Ryser testified he didn't kick Holley.
"He (Ryser) says he didn't kick Chad Holley. Does he want you to believe him or your own lying eyes?" LaFon asked the jury.
"Hey buddy, you ran you're catching an a** whipping. It's just that clear," Special Prosecutor Jon Munier added during closing arguments.
Ryser is the fourth and final officer charged in the Holley beating. Andrew Blomberg was acquitted. Phil Bryan and Raad Hassan accepted plea deals and received probation. After deliberating for five and a half hours the judge allowed the jury to go home. Jurors will continue deliberating Ryser's fate at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.