Two people say they witnessed alleged police beating of drug suspect


by Lisa Chavarria / KHOU 11 News

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 18 at 8:02 PM

HOUSTON—Two witnesses came forward for the first time Friday to talk about what they saw the night a man was allegedly beaten by Houston Police Department officers.

Both witnesses refused to be identified, but spoke to KHOU 11 News about the aftermath of the alleged police beating of Anthony Childress in October.

“He looked unconscious to me, and like his feet was dragging and he was bloody from what I could see already,” one witness said.

The two witnesses have not told investigators what they saw.

“I don’t want retaliation on me. Man, because this—that’s wrong,” one of the witnesses said.

Last month, Childress said he was riding his bike, when police pulled up to him. He stated he dropped a hunting knife and put his hands behind his back. He said the officers began to beat him.

Houston’s police chief put out a statement last month that stated the internal investigation of this complaint would be thorough. He also asked the public to reserve judgment until all the facts are in.

Childress appeared in court Friday to find out the drug possession charge is now considered a felony because of his criminal record. That record includes assault, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Childress does not believe he deserved what happened to him.

“I’m very upset because they’re using all kinds of things to try to convict me, instead of going to convict those officers for being wrong,” Childress said.

His attorney, Tiffany Mooney, said they will not accept anything, but a dismissal of the charge.

Childress’ drug case was reset for next month.