Jury Clears Houston Cop in Beating Black Teen; Activists Angry


A white Houston police officer was accused of stomping a black teen in a videotaped beating, and a jury found no laws were broken, the Houston Chronicle reports. For many black Houstonians, the not-guilty verdict in the trial of former officer Andrew Blomberg was yet another example of how the justice system often fails their community. Quanell X and other activists from the National Black United Front and the New Black Panther Party exploded in anger and expletives in the hallway outside the courtroom. They hammered prosecutors and the all-white jury – two women and four men – for racism. Blomberg is white; the beating victim, Chad Holley, is black. “What they did today is send a message to black people, to all of us, that our lives aren't worth a damn in this city,” Quanell said.

There is no way an all-white jury could provide justice in this case, he said. “That was not a jury of our peers, Chad's peers, or the city's peers.” U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), said she will ask the Department of Justice to determine if federal civil rights laws have been violated. “Every citizen deserves due process and their right to a trial by a jury, but also every victim deserves a thorough review of their case to determine if justice has truly been rendered,” she said.

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