HOUSTON – Two former Houston police officers who were about to go on trial in the videotaped beating of a 15-year-old burglar have entered a plea deal.
Raad Hassan and Phil Bryan were charged with official oppression and violating the civil rights of a prisoner in connection with the arrest.
Both of the officers pleaded no contest Wednesday to the charge of official oppression. Hassan was fined $750 while Bryan received a fine of $500. Both men were also given two years deferred adjudication.
The second charge was dismissed.
Six HPD officers were captured on surveillance cameras in March of 2010 arresting Chad Holley. After Holley jumped over the hood of a police car, he fell to the ground and put his hands behind his head. The video shows several officers pounced on Holley and proceeded to kick and hit him both before and after he was handcuffed.
The incident resulted in the firing of seven officers, four of whom were charged.
The trial for the Drew Reyser, the remaining officer linked to the case, is set to get underway next week. But his attorneys have asked for a continuence.
Two of the Houston police officers who were fired, Lewis Childress and Guadencio Saucedo, regained their jobs through appeals. Neither was charged.
Ex-officer Andrew Blomberg was the first to stand trial for misdemeanor official oppression. A jury in May of 2012 acquitted Blomberg of the charges.
Holley was convicted of burglary in juvenile court and put on probation for the 2010 case. He was arrested again in June 2012 on suspicion of burglarizing another home with three of his friends.
The teen pleaded guilty for that offense on January 9, 2013 and his sentencing date was set for March 14. But when he arrived at the Harris County courthouse to hear his judgment, he was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.
On April 4, a judge sentenced Holley to six months in jail for the June 2012 home burglary.