HOUSTON—A former Houston police officer who was caught on camera beating a teenage burglary suspect was denied a new trial Tuesday morning.
Drew Ryser was convicted of official oppression in June 2013 in the beating of Chad Holley. In a plea deal, Ryser agreed to a sentence of two years probation.
Holley tried to run from HPD officers after he was caught breaking into a home in March 2010. Surveillance video showed officers chasing him down, throwing him to the ground and stomping on him.
That publicized beating sparked outrage across the nation, and community activist Quanell X led the charge in demanding justice.
Four officers, including Ryser, were later fired and charged with official oppression.
Ryser admitted he struck and kneed Chad Holley in what he considered a justifiable use of force, but the former officer denied kicking him. Prosecutors told the jury in closing arguments that if Ryser kicked Holley, that alone made him guilty.