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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, REGARDING THE RECENT VERDICT OF FORMER HPD OFFICER ANDREW BLOMBERG

Today Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Personally Asked Attorney General Holder to look into the Chad Holley Case and Single Race Juries

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today personally asked Attorney General Holder to look into the Chad Holley case and single race juries:

“It is a travesty that in this day and age incidents like this are still occurring. Is this Houston’s Rodney King moment? I certainly hope not. Chad Holley and his family deserve a fair and just federal civil rights investigation. I have written the Department of Justice asking for a complete investigation of not only the Chad Holley Case but also single race juries. We must not allow the actions of some HPD officers to become the image of the entire department.

My Call to Action:

1) An investigation by the Justice Department

A) The US Department of Justice Needs to Investigate the Houston Police Department to Determine if It Has Engaged in a “Pattern or Practice” of Violating Houstonians’ Federal Civil Rights and an investigation into single race juries.

“The first court of jurisdiction has spoken regarding the acts of police brutality regarding Chad Holley. That part of the Justice System is finished and complete. However, justice is still in question. A federal review of Mr. Holley’s case by the Justice Department should take place immediately to determine which federal civil rights laws may have been violated.

“I have asked the Justice Department to investigate this case. Every citizen deserves due process and their right to a trial by a jury, but every victim also deserves a thorough review of their case to determine if Justice has truly been rendered.”

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