HOUSTON Dozens of peoplegathered outside the Harris County Courthouse Thursday to protest the not-guilty verdict in the Andrew Blomberg trial.
Blomberg, a former Houston cop, was on trial for the videotaped beating of teen burglar Chad Holley.
A jury cleared himWednesday, sparking outrage among many Houstonians.
The protesters carried signs and chanted for justiceon the steps of the downtown courthouse. Several black activists, includingQuanell X,spoke to the crowd.
Cyndi Payton, the woman who turned the tape over to police, attended the rally.
This is a miscarriage of justice that s been going on forever. It just happened to be caught on video and I just happened to be the one to turn it over, she said.
A few white and Hispanic protesters joined the primarily African-American crowd of about 100 people.
People please get out and vote. Go to jury duty. That s the only way you re going to make a difference, said Robbie Tolan, who was shot by a Bellaire police officer in his parents' driveway.
Police officers were on standby, but the protesters remained peaceful.
The head of the National Black United Front washoping toget arrested after he sat in front of the courthouse entrance and refused to budge. No one was arrested by the time the protest ended.
The protesters demanded to meet with Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos. She agreed to meet with the group on Friday.
Three other former HPD officers have been charged in the Holley case. Their trial dates have not been set.
All four officers have also been named in a civil lawsuit filed byChad Holley.