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Former Houston Cop Convicted In Teen's Beating

June 12, 2013  | 

Screenshot via KTRK.
Screenshot via KTRK.
A former Houston Police officer was convicted Wednesday for his role in the 2010 beating of a teenage burglary suspect that was caught on surveillance video.

A six-person jury convicted Drew Ryser of official oppression, a misdemeanor.

Ryser will serve two years' probation and pay a $1,000 fine as part of a separate agreement worked out between defense attorneys and prosecutors. A jury could have sentenced Ryser to up to a year in jail.

Ryser, 32, is the last of four fired and indicted police officers to have their cases resolved in court for their roles in the beating of then-15-year-old Chad Holley.

Read the full Associated Press story here.

Tags: Houston PD, Excessive Force, Houston Teen Beating


Comments (7)

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RICHARD @ 6/13/2013 5:42 PM

HOW EASY IT IS TO FULLFILLING A LIFES DREAM OF BECOMING A POLICE OFFICER TO BEING UN-EMPLOYED SCORNED BY THE OFFICERS WHO DO THE SAME THING EVERY DAY.

Bob@Az. @ 6/13/2013 6:01 PM

Gee, I can't imagine burglar, when caught in the act, would not only run but obviously resist being taken into custody. And this wasn't his first brush with the law. And I'm sure glad the chief, who probably hasn't been out from behind that desk in years, immediately threw his Officers under the famous bus. Maybe if little chads father warmed his little butt early in his crimminal career this wouldn't have occured. Assuming he had a father in the picture. Blues, Stay Safe.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/13/2013 9:47 PM

Seems to me that if you are a white or black police officer and you arrest a black person your job is at risk. So maybe the police academy should train officers different ways of arresting black people vs. arresting white people. If Chad Holley, was my son when the police were done with him, I would give him another beating that he would not forget and maybe just maybe he would turn out to be a law abiding citizen.

COP @ 6/14/2013 8:10 AM

Before I respond I will qualify my statement. 21 years as a patrol officer and field supervisor in a major metropolitan area, withthe highest murder rate in the country per capita, worked plain clothes etc. Been there, done that and all the other cliche's a tough street wise cop could think of. Now a senior XO in my deparment. I get thouroughly disgusted with officers who defend the poor actions of their partners. If a bad guy (POS for you tough guys) swings at you, you hit him twice as hard and continue until he stops. Once he is handcuffed and secured you stop! If you roll up and the scene is secure, you don;t get your licks in, or you are just as much of a POS as the gandbanger who started it. You risk your partners job, he may to lie for you. If you allow his emotions to do something you know will be criticized later, shame on you for letting a good officer lose his job. As far as watching either others back, Do it, but draw a line or sit in the testimony seat at a trial. As far as the comment about the Chief never leaving his office, don;t give him a reason to stand in front of the podium telling the world why he fired you. He may not have been there at the time, but rarel has he not seen it before. Good police work doesn't change just because you are older and earned a rank. So it doesn;t matter when he last left his office, I'm sure he still remembers what it was like, seen it before, and maybe participated. Doesn;t make it ok.

COP @ 6/14/2013 8:10 AM

Before I respond I will qualify my statement. 21 years as a patrol officer and field supervisor in a major metropolitan area, withthe highest murder rate in the country per capita, worked plain clothes etc. Been there, done that and all the other cliche's a tough street wise cop could think of. Now a senior XO in my deparment. I get thouroughly disgusted with officers who defend the poor actions of their partners. If a bad guy (POS for you tough guys) swings at you, you hit him twice as hard and continue until he stops. Once he is handcuffed and secured you stop! If you roll up and the scene is secure, you don;t get your licks in, or you are just as much of a POS as the gandbanger who started it. You risk your partners job, he may to lie for you. If you allow his emotions to do something you know will be criticized later, shame on you for letting a good officer lose his job. As far as watching either others back, Do it, but draw a line or sit in the testimony seat at a trial. As far as the comment about the Chief never leaving his office, don;t give him a reason to stand in front of the podium telling the world why he fired you. He may not have been there at the time, but rarel has he not seen it before. Good police work doesn't change just because you are older and earned a rank. So it doesn;t matter when he last left his office, I'm sure he still remembers what it was like, seen it before, and maybe participated. Doesn;t make it ok.

COP @ 6/14/2013 8:16 AM

Sorry for the double post and the poor grammar. This comment section is difficult to edit.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/30/2013 6:39 PM

He got off light. Had this been citizen on citizen he'd of been charged with attempted murder and he probably should have been.

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