Thursday, May 17, 2012

Andrew Bloomberg Acquitted : Calls of racism as all-white jury acquits white police officer of videotaped beating of black teen

Black community leaders in Houston, Texas, are alleging racism after an all-white jury acquitted a white police officer of beating a black teen.

The beating of 15-year-old Chad Holley in 2010 was caught on tape and outraged the black community. Holley, now 18, was fleeing from a burglary, though the video shows him put his hands behind his back as officers surround him and kick him.

Andrew Blomberg, 29, was the first of four police officers to stand trial for their roles in a beating that prompted fierce public criticism of the police department by community activists who called it another example of police brutality against minorities.

Blomberg fought back tears after the verdict was read, then hugged his attorneys and started to cry as he embraced his parents. He could have faced up to a year in jail if convicted of official oppression, a misdemeanor that alleged Blomberg as a public servant intentionally mistreated Holley by kicking him.

'This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do in my entire life,' Blomberg said, referring to being a police officer. Read More