Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. told jurors Tuesday that a videotaped beating of a teen burglary suspect made him "sick to my stomach" and gave the agency a "black eye," reports the Associated Press.
McClelland's comments came in the trial of former officer Drew Ryser, who was fired along with three other officers over the 2010 arrest of Chad Holley. Two of the other officers pleaded no contest and took plea deals. The fourth, Andrew Blomberg, was found not guilty in May of 2012.
The attorney for Ryser, who is on trial for a misdemeanor charge of official oppression, said her client was justified in kicking Holley in the head because he was resisting arrest, reports CBS News.
Holley, who was 15 at the time of the beating, was arrested again in June 2012 for another burglary he committed less than two months after his probation ended for the first burglary.