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Ex-Cop Guilty in Holley Beating Case

Ex-Cop Guilty in Holley Beating Case

It took two days of deliberations, but a Harris County jury Wednesday found former Houston Police Officer Drew Ryser guilty of "official oppression" for his part in the 2010 videotaped burglary arrest of teen Chad Holley.

Ryser was sentence to two years probation with a $1,000 fine and can no longer serve as a peace officer.  He could be sent to jail for six months if he violates his probation.

Unlike two fellow officers charged in the case, Ryser chose not to strike a plea deal.

"He didn't accept a plea because he believed he did nothing wrong," says Ryser's father-in-law Jim Smith.  "He went to a jury of six of his peers, and they have spoken."

"I can't imagine people looking the evidence that was presented over the past week, and finding him guilty of official oppression," says Smith.

Houston Police Union President Ray Hunt stands by Ryser and his actions against Holley.

"We are disappointed in the decision, however, we respect our justice system, we respect the decision of the jury, the jury has spoken and we respect that verdict," said Hunt.

An all-white jury acquitted a fourth officer last year prompting protests by black activists who say Ryser's conviction justifies their outrage.

"Now that you had six people, two black, two Hispanic and two white, that looks like Harris County, and they came back with the right decision," Quannel X told reporters afterward.

Holley himself, continues to serve a seven year probation sentence on a second, separate burglary charge.

 

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