Federal judge bars release of Houston teen beating video

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 20 at 9:58 AM

HOUSTON—Surveillance video showing the alleged beating of a 15-year-old burglary suspect by Houston police will not be released.

A federal judge in Houston has barred the public release as four police officers face trial on official oppression charges over the March incident. No trial dates have been set.

Attorney Benjamin Hall, who filed a civil rights suit against two officers on behalf of Chad Holley and his family, says he’s seen the storage facility security tape and believes police were unjustified in their actions.

Media organizations also sought release of the videotape. A judge on Monday rejected their request.

District Attorney Pat Lykos has cited fair trial concerns in seeking to keep the tape private.

Police Chief Charles McClelland in June fired seven officers seen on the video.

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