HOUSTON – Closing arguments in the trial of a Houston police officer charged with the video-taped beating of a teenage burglary suspect will begin on Tuesday after testimony wrapped up on Friday in downtown.
Drew Ryser admits he struck and kneed Chad Holley while he was on the ground, but only because he thought the suspect might have been reaching for a gun.
On Friday, Ryser’s lawyers called on two expert witnesses -- a couple of Texas Rangers -- who said they thought that the former HPD officer did not break the law.
It’s legal, they said, for an officer to strike a suspect who might be armed even though it turned out that Holley was unarmed.
One of those witnesses testified that other officers had broken the law by striking Holley after he was handcuffed, but they said Ryser did not.
The judge has sent the jurors home for the weekend and the trial will resume Tuesday. After closing arguments, the fate of the fired police officer will go to the jury.