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A former Houston police officer has been let of the hook for the vicious beating of a 15-year-old suspected of committing a burglary. Andrew Blomberg was found not guilty on the misdemeanor charge of official oppression, for attacking Chad Holley.

The 29-year-old was the first of four police officers to stand trial for kicking and beating the teen. While on the stand, Bloomberg testified to have done nothing wrong, blaming Holley for resisting arrest. In contrast, Holley, now 18, testified that he did not resist arrest and momentarily lost consciousness during the assault. Security footage, captured at the scene show the victim lying on the ground while being beaten by at least five officers kicking him in the head, abdomen and legs.

Holley’s beating elicits memories of Rodney King who was famously attacked by police officers 20 years ago. The act of police brutality—also caught on tape—was the motivation behind the L.A. Riots, which caused the city $1 billion in damaged. Like Holley, King’s attackers also went free.


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