Today, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) released the following statement on the verdict in the trial against former Houston Police officer Andrew Blomberg in relation to the arrest of Chad Holley in March 2010:
Although I support the Houston Police Department, I do not support what I saw on the video of Chad Holley's arrest.
If you watch the video showing Rodney King's arrest in 1991 and then watch the 2010 video showing Chad Holley's arrest, you see similar circumstances. It's hard to believe this is happening in Houston in 2012. I commend those who engage in peaceful protest as a response.
We should oppose mob-like behavior by anyone and this includes peace officers acting under the color of law. What we saw on the video recorded in Los Angeles was mob-like behavior by peace officers under the color of law and what we see on the video recorded in our city is mob-like behavior by peace officers under the color of law as well.
Chad Holley and his family deserve a fair and just federal civil rights investigation. The Houston Police Department deserves a fair and just federal civil rights investigation. We must not allow the actions of some officers to become the image of the entire department.
On Thursday, May 17, 2012, I personally visited with officials at the Department of Justice while in Washington, D.C. I reiterated my request to have the DOJ look into the circumstances surrounding the Chad Holley incident. The community has requested it and justice demands it.