In video footage from a security camera that caught the March 2010 beating, then-15-year-old Chad Holley is seen falling to the ground after trying to hurdle a police squad car. He's then surrounded by at least five officers, some of whom appear to kick and hit his head, abdomen and legs. Police said that Holley and three others had tried to run away after burglarizing a home.
Holley's beating prompted fierce public criticism of Houston's police
department by community activists, who called it an example of police
brutality against minorities.
McClelland said that in seeing the video footage, he was disturbed
that Holley, who had given up, offered "no active resistance and the
force that was being used against him was excessive and unnecessary." [Read more]