Houston’s mayor said Thursday that the release of a video showing several Houston police officers last March allegedly kicking, punching and stomping on a handcuffed teenager could jeopardize the prosecution of four officers in the case.
“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.
Parker said she was “shocked and disgusted” when she first viewed the tape last year.
“My feelings haven’t changed. This is not acceptable in Houston,” she said.
The video was recorded by at least two surveillance cameras March 24 at Uncle Bob’s Self-Storage at Cook near Beechnut. The footage shows then 15-year-old Chad Holley being chased by several officers in patrol cars. After hurdling the hood of a patrol car as it hits a chain link fence, Holley lay down on his stomach with his hands up. Officers can be seen descending on him.
The videotape’s release also brought condemnation from Houston’s courthouse. Lykos issued a statement echoing the mayor’s concerns.
“Despite the tape’s release, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure that both the state and the defense are given a fair trial,” she said.